Talents Are to Be Played
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Good times can be "frozen planning", that is, long-range results of good planning earlier. There is often room for leeway in natural schemes too.
The guru Paramahansa Yogananda decrees quite opposite to it that God is the Sole Doer. And the bear is a sole walker, one may add.
IN THE DAYS when Nevada was a territory, the humorist Bill Nye was appointed Governor. As he journeyed to Carson City to take over his duties in this wild and wide-open silver country, Mark Twain accompanied him.
Word of the new Governor's arrival had reached Carson City. The boys had got together and decided to put the Easterner and his friend in their place by giving them a big banquet and drinking them under the table in short order. The night of the banquet drinks and speeches flowed unceasingly for hours. One by one those present slipped gracefully under their chairs and slumbered noisily beneath the tablecloths.
At a small hour of the night only two men were left in a state of consciousness and seated upright - Bill Nye and Mark Twain.
"Well, Bill," said Twain, stretching and getting up from his chair, "let's go out of here somewhere and get a drink." [Cf. Of]
Talent Is Great, What Is Great May Get Envied, and How the Snowballs May Keep Rolling Through It.
Everybody cannot hope to win every game and competition around. But to advance in comparison to oneself, is often tidy and fit enough.
Also, "One man's opportunity, another man's burden."
One of the typical responses to not winning after having tried, is being embarrassed, perhaps much ashamed.
It is appropriate to use imagination and other high gifts and skills to get a free, fit and well-run life that is good for one's own family.
Many games around are not worth wasting time on, and not worth winning. Some are, though. Yet solid family living of cooperation often rises over and above plain win-and-lose attitudes.
If you grow to value an education that brings money in time, you may acquire lots of outfit and other things to win favours by, but there are limits to that approach too, all in all. It helps to put things into perspective. Buddha does so through the Middle Path.
Ak: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Man's Eternal Quest. Los Angeles: SRF, 1975.
Ay: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 1st ed. New York: Philosophical Library, 1946.
Of: Fuller, Edmund. 2500 Anecdotes for All Occasions. New York: Wings, 1970.
Pa: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Autobiography of a Yogi. 11th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), 1971.
Say: Yogananda, Paramahansa. Sayings of Yogananda. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1958.
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