Happy New Year!

Happy New Year World!  Looking forward to 2015, talking about life, liberty, and freedom.

This year I want to talk about financial freedom, generosity, efficiency and developing ourselves as humans.

Siddhartha went to seek employment from the merchant Kamaswami.  Kamaswami asks him what he trades for nourishment and shelter.  Asks him what he is able to do. Siddhartha replies, “I can think. I can wait. I can fast.”  Kamaswami is surprised and asks what that is good for. Siddhartha again replies.

When a person has nothing to eat, fasting is the smartest thing he can do.  When Siddhartha hadn’t learned to fast, he would have to accept any kind of service before this day is up, whether it may be with you or wherever, because hunger would force him to do so.  After having learned to fast, Siddhartha can wait calmly, he knows no impatience, he knows no emergency, for a long time he can allow hunger to besiege him and can laugh about it.

Kamaswami agreed and asked Siddhartha to read something.  Then he asked him to write something.  Siddhartha wrote, Writing is good, thinking is better.  Being smart is good, being patient is better.

What we need to develop are our muscles.  Physical, mental, spiritual.  These are the human investments that we need to make.  When we learn to live without, and enjoy to live without, then doors open and possibilities abound.  Welcome 2015.

Siddhartha

Here we go… This is either going to be the first of many blog posts, or its going to be my first and last.  I’ve tried to start a blog numerous times, and I just get bored of it after a while or don’t know what to write or whatever… So, we’ll see if this sticks.

Why thinkwaitfast?

I was reading Herman Hesse’s book Siddhartha, and I really liked what the main character had to say about his strengths.  I’ll put a little bit of the book here, so you can see what I mean…

Asks Kamaswami: …What is it that you’ve learned, what you’re able to do?

Siddhartha: I can think. I can wait. I can fast.

Kamaswami: That’s everything?

Siddhartha: I believe, that’s everything!

Kamaswami: And what’s the use of that? For example, the fasting–what is it good for?

Siddhartha: It is very good sir. When a person has nothing to eat, fasting is the smartest thing he could do. When, for example, Siddhartha hadn’t learned to fast, he would have to accept any kind of service before this day is up, whether it may be with you or wherever, because hunger would force him to do so. But like this, Siddhartha can wait calmly, he knows no impatience, he knows no emergency, for a long time he can allow hunger to besiege him and can laugh about it. This, sir is what fasting is good for.

And later, Siddhartha: Writing is good, thinking is better. Being smart is good, being patient is better.