Have you heard that old cliché, ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear’, attributed to Buddha?
Its actual source, a matter for debate without purpose, has variations:
‘When the pupil is ready the Master will appear’
‘when the pupil is ready, the Master appears’
‘when the seeker is ready, the master will appear’
‘the master will appear when the disciple is ready’
~ and so it is.
Our recent experience, profound for me but for no one else; someone (I’ll call you my teacher), that means you showed up in my life recently, taught me this profound truth that had been 25 years or more in gestation. I can’t go back 25 years, can’t re-make that decision but this recent encounter taught that my nagging-hasty decision was rooted in different issues than previously believed.
Can’t go back there …
I can look back, but that won’t change much no matter how hard I peer into darkness or light because I’m moving only forward.
Someone who wrote me off and dismissed me out of hand without discussion, or even a good scolding!
So, what is the importance to me, or you, of this opportunity passed-up, gone into that dark abyss without much notice for it’s potential, without holding on for just a little while to see what chance, if any, it had.
In our busy fast whirling pace present-ness we do almost everything with immediate instant-ness which makes waiting for photocopiers to print or kettles boiling seem eternity. Which is perverse ‘relativity’ that would make Einstein blush – especially when it takes me 25 years to learn it.