What is the measure of a man's success? Is it money, friends or health?
Is it to be found in the level of respect you recieve?
Is success worthy of measurement?
Is success a subjective or an objective term; worthy of neither or both?
And what would be success's worth when we all live only to die.

All of this brings me to something that was said by a friend. Someone that I have had several opportunities to meet and have failed to do so because I am so often lacking in honesty. He has written a book that I encourage you to buy, as I have often learned from his life experiences. This is what he said;

The most important thing in Zen practice is honesty. I think there may be many people who are dishonest in their lives, pretending they are bigger or better or smarter or littler or worse or dumber than they actually are. Such pretense is painful because it blocks the understanding of what is true. In Zen practice, your personal truth is important. You begin with who you are and end with who you are. In between, there is zazen, the practice that helps to take the fiction out of your life.
Some fear that paying attention to their own lives will only serve to create a greater distance from others, a greater loneliness. But real connection does not come from words or books or inspirational talks. It comes from actualized understanding. When we practice zazen, you do your practice and I do mine -- you live your life and I live mine -- and suddenly the line between us is nowhere to be found. Here at last is a place where real friendship can flourish.

This is where you can find his book

This is his website


Michelle said…
i agree with your friend-whether we speak in terms of zen, natural laws or just plain common sense. i've become intimately aquainted with this philosophy, just by virtue of, well, being a bloody idiot.

since we live only to die, might as well be happy till we get there, eh? write me, you twit. or IMCOMINTAGETYA!