Friday, 15 June 2007

TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

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One fine evening, a young urban professional (Yuppie) went for a jog together with some friends at the local park. Accidentally, his watch flew out as he slipped and fell down onto the grass. The watch was special to him as it held many sentimental memories. After a long time of searching high and low together with his friends, he almost gave up. It was near sundown when he saw a group of small boys playing nearby. He went over to them and promised them that whoever found his watch would be rewarded handsomely. Upon hearing this, the boys hurried themselves to the grass area and searched every inch for the watch.

Amongst them was a small boy around the age of 9 years old. The Yuppie noticed that he was just sitting down there quietly doing nothing. It was almost dark when the boys went over to him shaking their heads in vain. He then saw the 9 year old boy stood up, went over to a nearby bushes, sticking his tiny hand into the bushes and pulled out a watch. The Yuppie was happy and asked the boy how he could find the watch so easily while the rest of them could not. The boy replied, “I practically did nothing except to sit there quietly, making myself felt like a part of the grass.” He then continued, “I just listen in silence and heard the ticking of the watch coming from that bushes. I went over and found it there.” The Yuppie was surprised with the answer given by a boy of such a tender age. He then gave the boy RM50 as promised and the boy ran home happily.

The moral behind this story is that sometimes we as an adult acts as if we understand everything so well and can rule the world perfectly. In actual fact, we sometimes lose out to the innocence of just a simple child. We often allow our inner voices, intuitions or even our hearts to be polluted by the noise of the world. With the availability of flashy advertisements, wide arrays of magazines depicting the rich and famous and the greed of wanting to be better materialistically compare to others, had made us feel incompatible to the world surrounding us.

All these “wants” had made us often emulate or imitate others without having a trust in our own decision making. We simply jumped into conclusion and blindly rushed into false and imaginary dreams and goals. Wealth, fame, materialism, inappropriate life partner, false pride are always misleading in our lives. These will not bring us lasting happiness or make us understand the real meaning of life. In life, sometimes we need to distance ourselves from the influence of this confusing world and search for tranquility, to learn to listen to our inner voices and move towards true love, true joy, true peace and true happiness.

Have you experienced how hard it is to find something you wanted when your heart and mind are not at peace? Have you ever realized that when you are having the peace of mind, things that you have lost suddenly popped out from nowhere? Do share with us here what you have experienced before.

Stay Cool…Be Cool…Live Life Cool…

29 comments:

Bee said...

Once we were in a beach playing volleyball and a guy lost his wedding ring. We looked every but couldn't find. He was so unlucky, the ring won't have the ticking sound.

Ah Pek said...

Ya..Don't crave.

papajoneh said...

always happened to me. we adult like to think or make our self complex. If only we just relax and listen to our mind. everything can be solved. whenever we're in the rush, Me in the rush, things that i'm been looking crazily always hidden from my eyes... but when i asked my boy, he just turn his head, left and right, and point to the place, near the tv, there, my watch, right in front of my eyes.

healy said...

I think life is fun just b'cos we lost something once in a while. then, we enjoy the hell of fun by trying all the means to get it back.

And, life become interesting when we are after something. If we are not after something. Life would just be empty. Without pain, we would never know what is happiness.... :)

Kay Kastum said...

I lost my engagement ring playing volleyball in Cairns, Australia. But I still got married.

SuwaN said...

soryy folks! i will stop writing english blog, will close soon after this, so keep in touch i hope, my msn:suwan89@gmail.com and yahoo suwan89@yahoo.com(seldom to use),and skype: suwan_ ..see ya:P

Aaron Chua said...

Ah man~ I like this post. I truly agree with this relax-mind thing. And yeah it works better to just quietly think rather than rushing.

JMR said...

Hi Criz, very true, sometimes it just helps to stop and focus on the task at hand. Patience and focus will bring you to your dreams and goals in life.

Thanks for popping by My Little Corner. I have problems with people visiting but never commenting. I would have never found your blog if you didn't comment.

I am JMR from JMRPub.com

Francois said...

I think people tend to over complicate, I dunno why though. So as the old acronym goes. K.I.S.S "Keep It Simple Stupid"

Kewl post. Enjoyed it.

-Francois

captain lifecruiser said...

That's true. Kids is often amazing me in several ways. Why don't we keep some of their ways as grown ups? I'm sure a lot of things would be better then :-)

You have a very nice blog here too. I love to read about other countries and Malaysia is very far away from Sweden! And very beautiful!

Actually, we were on our way to Malaysia in the beginning of 2005. We booked a trip to Kuala Lumpur and somewhere else on the west coast I don't remember any more, but it was a Golf & Spa Resort Hotel where we planned to stay for 2 weeks and then to the Philippines for 1,5 month! (We have friends that goes to Mindoro every year).

Then the Tsunami came and not only that, we both got pneumonia so we had to cancel the trip ;-(

Since then it has been a trip to South America and Ireland, but nothing more. We'll see if we ever make it to Malaysia...

Thanks for stopping by and welcome back at any time :-)

pikey said...

I think this is very true that our suffering arise from our desires and demands... very much inline to what i believed in Buddhism... though as much as we want inner peace and happiness, we still can't escape those things because we are living in this capitalist realistic world...

CRIZ LAI said...

bee: That's just his luck. He should have been more careful and responsible to leave it in somewhere safe.

AhPek: ya ya agreed :)

papajoneh: we tend not to look at the real things or situation right in front of our eyes...most of the time.

healy: LOL...try finding something that is important for your future. It's not fun after all.

Kay Kastum: It shows your husband appreciate and love you so much that accident like this does not matter anymore.

Suwan: You are still welcome to visit my site anytime. Keep in touch thru MSN :)

Aaron: Still jealous over your new camera..jest joking dude! We ought to study into ourselves all the time and think analytically when things go wrong.

CRIZ LAI said...

jmr: Hi there. Thanks for visiting. I agreed with you on those invisible visitors. My habit is to leave at least one comment just for courtesy sake. It's rude to pop in another blogger's "home" and never to say "hi".

francois: haha...give me a KISS please. I rather have it Keep It Short and Sweet. Thanks for the visit :)

captain lifecruiser: Cool...you came all the way from Sweden. Haha...I still behave like a kid at times too...that's why I think like one :P

pikey: totally agreed!

Bengbeng said...

Hey there Criz! Thx for visiting. Yr blog is cool. I been looking thru yr archives until the Mr T bit. I couldnt finish all yr archives in a single sitting. Some of yr stuff is really cool. Can we link? My blogroll is really long oledi as it is but it will b easier for me to find yr blog :)

CRIZ LAI said...

bengbeng: Hi there Beng. Nice to see you here. I'll add you here. Do add me if you can. Thanks :)

Janet said...

I often sit and listen...or look. It's how I get some good photos :-)

Frances said...

Beautiful story - thanks for sharing, and visiting my site.
Waving at you from New York,
Frances

Sweetpea said...

we think too much.
just becoz we get older, doesn't mean we get any wiser. instead of going straight to the point, we think of what if, plan A, plan B.
yes, it's good to have a backup plan, but if only for an instance we become that child, most answers to life are pretty much straight forward.
in the nutshell? let loose, hang free (I don't mean otherwise!!), relax, and enjoy :)

CRIZ LAI said...

janet: with a relax and peaceful mind, we do things better. Sometimes beyond our own expectation :)

frances: thanks for coming all the way from New York. Good to see you here too :)

sweetpea: you ain't so fierce after all to come out with such an advice. Hugs :)

eija said...

Followed the link you left on my photo hunt post - expected to find one here, too. Well, no such luck but this visit didn't go wasted. Thank you for the great story - I think most of us have something to learn from it!

Blessings to your weekend.

Leslie said...

Great story, it reads much like a proverb. Good writting!

Thanks for checking out my yorkie pics in photo hunters. Believe it or not if I use really nice conditioner I only have to brush him at bath time (1x week).

CRIZ LAI said...

eija & leslie: Thank for visiting. I think you missed out the post at http://crizlai.blogspot.com/2007/04/photo-hunters-hair.html

piggy said...

I may always describe myself as a simple person but my mind is never simple. Ah..the innocence and simplicity of the mind of a child. If all of us still keep a big part of innocence and simplicity of a child in us, then there wouldn't be so much war and politics in this world, no?

conan_cat said...

ah, i guess it's a matter of two ways of doing things. observe or action. observe and action. most of us have too much of the latter, or even have too much of the former, making us all do and no think, or all talk and no do. i guess balancing the two is the more important thing. :)

a really smart kid indeed...

CRIZ LAI said...

piggy: yea...simplicity and innocence

conan cat: haha...balance diet? good choice :)

kayatan said...

Sometimes we have to go through complications in life to realize life is actually very simple but we make it complex for ourselves.

It has a lot to do with our environment as well.

If all around you are complex people, situation, u also will follow suit.

CRIZ LAI said...

kayatan: what to do...mostly we are influenced by external forces...I guessed it must be the effect of Star Wars..."May the force be with you!" LOL

Kay Kastum said...

Husband... aiseh. I'm a boy actually. Must be my name.

CRIZ LAI said...

kay kastum: sorry ya...I remarked before i finally found your site. A thousand apology. :)

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