There once was a young boy with a very bad temper. The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.
On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. He was really mad!
Over the course of the next few weeks, the little boy began to control his temper, so the number of nails that were hammered into the fence dramatically decreased.
It wasn’t long before the little boy discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Then, the day finally came when the little boy didn’t lose his temper even once, and he became so proud of himself, he couldn’t wait to tell his father.
Pleased, his father suggested that he now pull out one nail for each day that he could hold his temper.
Several weeks went by and the day finally came when the young boy was able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
Very gently, the father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
“You have done very well, my son,” he smiled, “but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.”
The little boy listened carefully as his father continued to speak.
“When you say things in anger, they leave permanent scars just like these. And no matter how many times you say you’re sorry, the wounds will still be there.”
I am told by those around me to be the best. If I become an ADA, they tell me to become the best ADA out there. When I was a student, they’d always tell me to be the best and do better than everyone else. But why? Why do I need to be the best? If I can even become an ADA, I would be content to just be good, or even ok. If I were to run a business, why do I need to make it so big that it pushes others out of competition? I would be content if I was making enough to live a comfortable life. Even as a bboy, though I want to get better, I have no desire to be the best or even one of the best. I am content to just be good and to be perceived with respect from those around me.
Does this response mean that I have no ambition? Does this mean that I am just “settling” and not putting the effort that I should be?
There is however, one area in life, which I think it is important to be the best. The thing I am talking about is spiritual enlightenment. But, I do not mean to be the best relative to others. This only concerns one’s own self. It is my goal to constantly defeat myself and improve myself to better myself on a daily basis. By being the best, I mean the best that I can be to reach the I Am.
However, this does not mean that we can ignore our earthly duties. We all have our roles in this world, whether it be a student, a doctor, a plumber, a father, a mother, etc. It is our duty to work hard, take care of our loved ones, and do good to others. After all, if we cannot handle our earthly duties, how can we handle heavenly ones?
Nonetheless, at the end of the day, our true efforts should be used on the path to Him. it is useless to put all our time and energy to be the best in anything in this world. All that does is boost our ego. We must ask ourselves again and again, why does that matter? All that should really matter is how we are doing on the path.
YOLO= You Only Lawschool Once