The most difficult task in life?

It is a question. What is the most difficult task in life? We are trained to achieve. To chase desires and wants while often ignoring our needs. Most considered privileged, have arrived somewhere in life even though it is not that always elusive destination. We achieve and continue to achieve more and more possessions. So what is ‘the most’ difficult task?

It is a moment of complete un-achievement. It is the moment when we are not performing any duty. It is the moment when we are not working. It the moment when we are not entertaining either food, drink or Television. It is a moment when no company occupies us. It is the moment when thought becomes still or our mind is not thinking or dreaming and yet not asleep.
Has it happened? The moment of ‘nothing’! It actually did and it does. We are simply too occupied with our thoughts, actions, dreams and duties that we do not know that it exists. It is like a small curve on the road. We steer through the curve and road becomes straight again while we forget the curve.
We resort to rituals of life and divine. We act like cog in giant wheel of production and services without ever noticing that pause. That pause of eloquent silence. That bursting ocean of sublime calm. We are too busy to deal with the storms of anxiety and lightening of despair. Too busy to protect ourselves from the unfair world. How do we see that curve. Trying is not going to help. Turning around is useless as mist of time has buried all that went past. But we can remain alert. Very alert not to miss that small window to oasis which flips open for a moment and then closes again. Not to miss this time. Not at all. It is just before the station of boredom but after that hectic journey of achievement and the station of futility where we change the train for next destination of achievement. Look out for it with closed eyes if the abyss eludes the open eyes. No reason to miss it. That cool breeze carrying the fragrance of bloom says it so.

© Sandeep Bhalla

16 thoughts on “The most difficult task in life?

    • I think, I was still obscure. My point is that language is imperfect but when we think in terms of language, we create problems; e.g. the use of ‘it’ by me and then you. There is no ‘it’ rather a state of mind only. but if we take such linguistics divisions created for convenience of expression, too far, it creates problems.


  1. Thanks so much for this wisdom. I read this last night before I went to bed and mused about it as I did my nightly flirtation with insomnia. This really spoke to me. I’m about to print it and keep it around as I go out of town this weekend just to remind me….


    • Meanwhile I read your interesting post about feline observation of keyboard. My suggestion is that do not ruin them with words. As a cat lover no one can know better about the masterly inactivity, I was talking about. Cats spend hours in that inactivity. BTW it was serious humour in your post.


      • Thank you for your comment. I will indeed, go slowly inallowing my two cats to play with words. Their inqusitiveness is sometimes hard to beat but most of the time, they just lounge around anyway. That´s the way to life. 🙂


  2. Sir Winston, from the blog of Mr Midnight, Sir WInston and myself, agrees with your wise words. He adds that there appears to be very few humans who take the time to “discover themselves” in our very hectic, stressy life.
    It is so important to take time to “discover ones own truths” but most, seem to be stuck in their habits and too preoccupied with their modern vices. Illnesses are usually the outcome. Such a shame; but inspiring words such as yours, may help some find their path in life.
    Best regards


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