There was a village that was
attacked by wild boars.
Everyday the wild boars would enter the village to rampage the whole village
of their food. The villagers tried various means to fight and chase away the
wild boars, but without much success.
One day a wise man approached the village headman to offer his advice. He
told the villagers that they will have to follow all his advice and
directions. Out of desperation, the villagers agreed. The wise man told the
villagers to gather all the food from every household and put it in the
middle of a big empty field. They followed his advice, and immediately they
saw hundreds of wild boars approaching the vicinity where the food was
placed. The wild boars were apprehensive initially, but after a while they
went for the food. Once the wild boars had a taste of the food they came
back for the free food everyday. And everyday the villagers would put more
food in the field and the wild boars would come to have their free meals.
After a while, the wise man asked the villagers to erect four poles at the
four-corners of the field.
The wild boars were too busy having their food that they did not take notice
of what was happening. After a few weeks, the wild boars developed the habit
of having free food. The wise man then asked the villagers to put fencing
around the field, with a large gate through which the wild boars can enter
to have their food.
Finally once the fencing and the gate were completed the villagers closed
the gate and all the wild boars were trapped inside the field. The wild
boars were finally defeated!
Habits are easily
developed but difficult to get rid of. The wild boars were trapped because
out of their greed, they developed the habit of having free food, and
without having to work for their food. They became so comfortable, that they
did not realize they were being trapped. Most of us are like the wild boars
because we become too comfortable with our jobs and businesses that we do
not realize we are in one way or another being "trapped". We seek security
rather than freedom!
getting in touch with your 'now,' is at the heart of effective living. When
you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all
there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it
arrives. One thing is certain, you cannot live it until it does appear."