On the road of life there are professionals and there are monks.
I am serious about life in a way that a passionate hobbyist is serious about their interest — it’s fun and fulfilling and makes life worth living. It’s a lifestyle. I am dedicated towards living fully and passionately yet with total peace and happiness. It is my devotion and my major study and art form.
In contrast, life professionals are serious about life in a way that causes them to look towards personal scoreboards and statuses to deem themselves fulfilled and happy. They are dependent on the external triggering the internal, and they fight hard and have set goals and priorities. Their devotion is about focus and total determination.
There is nothing wrong with either type — they both have purpose, they know what they stand for, and they know what they want for themselves. Neither is right or wrong, nor better or worse. This world needs both to survive and I am very appreciative and respectful of the professionals because they are the ones who do the jobs I am not cut out to do.
The world needs balance, as do humans. We will always need professionals and monks, and it is important to me to strive to be a little bit of both — the ever-present middle path.
I am serious about the precepts I set for the way I live, and one of the most important is to not be so serious.
I recently read a comment that stated “I don’t see a purpose in life if you die and you’re nothing but dust”. To me the point is within itself: the purpose is life and the major purpose is the dust that you will become. Who even knows what will happen for sure after we die? Not I.
My purpose itself is life: simply being happy and enjoying it to the fullest. Heaven and happiness now, not later. But if another dimension of amazing happiness comes after, how wonderful. But I don’t know for sure, and that is the purpose of life — to live it now.
My goals for 10, 20, 50 years from now? Peace and happiness.
It sounds universally overdone, but it’s because every single being of any belief only ever wants that.
I don’t know how I’m going to to look, work, or be during those milestone decades; but I do know that I am open-minded and welcoming, and I know that no matter wherever or whoever I am at that moment, my single priority is to feel inner peace and happiness.
Professionals play to win the game or make a name for themselves, and monks play simply for the joy and fun of playing. They have no score to match, no set rules. If the game becomes too difficult they make a new twist or ease up a bit on the goals, and if it’s too easy, then they find ways to make it challenging and fun again.
Once I stop having fun, I look at what I could do to make it better…because I know I’m in control. My internal triggers the external.
And the best part is that it’s always for fun.
That is all.
Professionals take their work and status and make it their life. Monks take their life and make it their work and status.
Professionals make their life serious. Monks are serious about their life.
Professionals are in life for all recognition and love being noticed. Monks recognize that they love life, and they notice it all.
This world needs a bit of both to function properly.