Martial artists prepare for years for that one fight.
They don’t know when it will come, or even that it will happen at all, but people who do martial arts nonetheless prepare for it every time they practice. Sometimes, they prepare forever, and no fight ever comes. Does that mean the preparation was a waste?
Buddhist monks do the same thing with meditation. The idea is that, when the moment of death comes, they will be calm, allowing them to be reborn into a better sphere, or possibly, not at all.
All of this preparation for one moment. Amazing, isn’t it?
I wonder if we should act this way with our whole lives. Preparing ourselves, honing our thinking, conquering our fear and being ready to act. I think we should do this for the opportunities that will come our way, which we know nothing about.
There is one thing we do know about those opportunities. If they arrive and we’re ready, our lives will be better. So will our family’s, and our friends’ lives. But if we let it pass us by, either because we’re afraid, or because we don’t recognize it, our life will be just the same as it is now. Likewise with every opportunity, forever.
Maybe I’m too hungry. Maybe I should be content with what I have now. But the way I see it, this is the one life we have. We should be doing everything that we can to make it amazing, and to make us happy.