No one truly knows what the hell is going on in this vast universe or why we are here. The purpose of our birth remains a mystery, and no one is perfect in their mentality. Every human being, throughout history, has had character flaws, defenses, anxieties, and problems. We are all trying to figure out our lives as we go along. Even someone like me or any of the countless self-help personalities out there is just as neurotic as the next person.
However, there are individuals who have found a way to navigate this chaotic roller coaster called life. Some have discovered peace, enjoyment, and clarity in their minds. For many, the most significant achievement is managing anxiety, healing personal issues, and returning to the world with kindness.
When you follow someone, listen carefully for compassion, non-attachment, and clear instructions on how to improve. If someone overcomplicates a philosophical point, it might just be their way of trying to appear knowledgeable. I admit, I've done that too, but now I strive to write and detach from the lesson, keeping it concise.
A good coach gets straight to the point. Like a skilled mechanic, they identify the root of a problem, use the right tools, fix what's broken, and move on without seeking credit or pride in their knowledge. A good coach loves teaching and helping, without seeking power or recognition. A great coach plays alongside their teammates, fostering a sense of unity and trust. The best coach is the one the team looks up to, and people willingly follow their lead.
A good teacher focuses on teaching conflict resolution skills and strives to create peace and harmony wherever they go. On the other hand, a great teacher goes beyond that by guiding the young towards character development, instilling values such as non-harm, patience, honesty, generosity, courage, creativity, cooperation, mindfulness, and relaxation.
The true master does not seek unnecessary attention for themselves. They never act as if they possess absolute knowledge, acknowledging the wisdom of their ancestral teachings without taking credit or boasting. A master maintains a sense of humor about the absurdity of the universe and treats all creatures with equal value, avoiding discrimination.
Compassion guides the master's approach to relaxing the mind and finding joy in life. They are active, curious, and follow a balanced middle path, never rigid or compulsive. When seeking a teacher, study them closely, ask questions, and ensure they are not psychopaths, megalomaniacs, deviants, or untrustworthy individuals. Be cautious about who you follow, especially in activities like skydiving, making sure they possess the necessary experience and knowledge to guide you safely. Avoid blindly following anyone, as it could lead to unintended consequences.