Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tomorrow is Another Day

I'm heading toward my final days with my company. On Tuesday I have my exit interview and I give them back my gadgets, and then leave.

As for what follows, well, storms never last, darkness gives way to dawn, and tomorrow is always another day.

Since I've been an adult, I've never had the luxury until now to practice in the morning regularly, before I go about my day. While I hope this situation is short lived, I intend to take advantage of it. Since I've been practicing more, I feel great, my head is clear and I sleep like the dead.

The placement counselor thinks my study of the Japanese language might help me stand out among job candidates. I haven't had a chance to work on Japanese for a solid hour every day for a long time. I intend to take advantage of that as well.

The future is all about possibilities. I will probably end up doing something in line with what I've done in the past, either technical marketing, but software engineering. But I'm keeping both my mind and my eyes open. Perhaps I'll end up doing something radically different (like what? I don't know), or even perhaps starting something of my own (again, what? I don't know).

What we end up doing finds us as much as we find it.


Dave Chesser said...

We talk a lot about non-attachment and emptiness etc. in MA and in meditation but it's different when it isn't as voluntary as we'd like. When it's more forced by circumstances, it can be very bewildering.

Hope you find something soon and enjoy practice in the meantime.

Rick Matz said...

It's easy to be serene when everything is going your way. When that's not the case, then it becomes more of a challenge.

Michele said...

This must be hard.

I admire your positive outlook and how "the future is all about possibilities". When I faced difficult times, my instructor would remind me that from crisis comes opportunity.

Rick Matz said...

Thanks. We make our own lives. I choose not to be miserable.

Ikigai said...

Best of luck Rick! I have no doubt you'll find your path (or your path will find you!)

Rick Matz said...

A flower falls, even though we love it. A week grows even though we don't love it.
- Dogen

walt said...

Answering the Financial Question is never easy. A life of voluntary simplicity helps, but can only go so far.

I've got to think that anyone capable of assembling this site not only has talent, but will be "helped" as he moves along. I wish you all the best!

Rick Matz said...

Thanks. Things could be worse. They could be much worse. In the grand scheme of things I don't have much to complain about. It's just time to grind it out and make something happen.

Compass360 Consulting Group said...

Rick! You have the Strategic Positioning skills to advance up the value chain. I know you will know well.

Rick Matz said...

Thanks. Everyone I speak to is telling me that I'm doing all the right things.