A man meets a guru in the road. The man asks the guru, "Which way is success?"
The bearded sage speaks not but points to a place off in the distance.
The man, thrilled by the prospect of quick and easy success, rushes off in the appropriate direction. Suddenly, there comes a loud "Splat!!!" Eventually, the man limps back, tattered and stunned, assuming he must have misinterpreted the message.
He repeats his question to the guru, who again points silently in the same direction. The man obediently walks off once more.
This time the splat is deafening, and when the man crawls back, he is bloody, broken, tattered, and irate.
"I asked you which way is success," he screams at the guru. "I followed the direction you indicated, and all I got was splatted! No more of this pointing. Talk!"
Only then does the guru speak, and what he says is this: "Success is that way, just a little after the splat."
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A Guru friend of mine shared this story with me and I loved it so much that I got permission to share it. Everyone will interpret it a little different based on the particular set of circumstances each has faced. Off the wall, I related it to a camping trip a few years ago where I made a million (ok, that's an exaggeration) trips up Logan Canyon trying to follow Alan's directions to a particular campsite. I finally returned home, beaten, at like 2:00 in the morning. The next evening Alan took me up there and I'd only been about 1/4 mile from the spot when I'd turned around the last time. It was a beautiful spot, too, and we ended up having a lot of fun. Anyway, enjoy the story according to your own situation.