Don’t Rock My Boat

A young but earnest Zen student approached his teacher, and asked the Zen Master:

“If I work very hard and diligent how long will it take for me to find Zen?”
The Master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years.”
The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast — How long then?”
Replied the Master, “Well, twenty years.”
“But, if I really, really work at it.  How long then?” asked the student.
“Thirty years,” replied the Master.
“But, I do not understand,” said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer.  Why do you say that?”
Replied the Master,” When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.”  (Author Unknown, Source Unknown)
Travelling on a journey in a boat could be an enjoying adventure, watching the little fishes swim through as you paddle your boat through the heart of the waters.  Life is like a boat; we all have to paddle our way through it.  We have to keep the boat afloat and in the direction of our dream.  Do not let your boat to be rocked by distracters, procrastination, fear of failure and risk.
Don’t you rock my boat, because I am determined to sail through to safety.  Most of the time, we are our distracter; we tend to concentrate on irrelevancies, while ignoring what propels us.  Paddle your boat of dreams, conquer your storms and sail to the shore.  The storm may be turbulent, but never forget that it is what you need to keep your boat afloat and moving.
Life is like a storm, no matter how difficult things seems for you, often your difficulties houses their solutions, Never forget the word of the Lord, that says I will make a way, where there seems to be no way.  Be alert to the things that hold you down, makes you feel alienated and don’t want to go any more, often these are the things that keep you going.  Life is not 1+1=2, it goes beyond that, life is complex yet simple.  You need to understand the complexities so as to enjoy the simplicities.
A car look sleek, nice and beautiful from the outside, but open the burnet and see the engines, you will realise there are complexities, however it is these complex engines that keep the sleek and beautiful car moving.  There are many things in us that look so complex, but always remember, they keep our life together.  See the possibilities, not the difficulties.  Don’t allow those difficulties to rock the boat of your life. Life contains many opportunities, you need to look for one, once you find it, be passionate about it and make it a success.  Until you commit yourself to some great cause, you haven’t really begun to live.
In everything you do, as you paddle your boat along in life, honour your time.  Use your time well, achievers are more at ease with time and they are ever grateful for their time.  They are always full of excess time.  They enjoy their life, work less and achieve more.  Successful people understand life more and create more; they head companies and are paid by the labour of unsuccessful people.  They know their way through life, they have a strategic time management practices and above all achieve their goals.  They don’t cry for more time when they are writing the exams of life and are too composed to be poor.  Walter Rinder who knows the benefit of appropriate time management asserts “Don’t exclude yourself from precious moments, warm encounters, beautiful attitudes, majestic discoveries, flowing intimacies and sensory development for these are the jewels placed in the crown of your destiny.”  When your time is well managed, you enjoy life more.
You are as important as life, in whatever situation you find yourself, make the most of it, see the positives and live in the positive.  You are divinely made for greatness and supernaturally created for exploits.  See your storm as a victory in disguise.  Never miss your mark in life.  The disciples of Jesus where afraid when they saw the heavy storm; but Jesus was sleeping in it.  That was a great lesson, because there is power in every storm.  Don’t let your boat be rocked.

Post Author: Abiola Olaifa

Abiola Olaifa is a UK based writer with the passion for projecting reforms in Africa through his writings. Abiola has a background in Computer Science, but enjoys writing. He is an Author with a published book titled 'Defy All Odds' available in all major online and book stores. Abiola is also a bloggist with his blog address; www.abiolla.com and have a strong believe in Africa working. You can reach him at abiolla@gmail.com.

One thought on “Don’t Rock My Boat

  • Cheoy Lee

    (March 27, 2012 - 5:14 pm)

    Very interesting zen quote! And an inspiring post.

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