This post is inspired by fellow blogger, LP’s latest
post where he used mathematical examples to exemplify why the journey is more
important than the outcome and that our mind is the determinant of that.
Refer to here.
Excerpts:
“I have 3 million dollars, but I lost 1 million dollars, so I still have
2 million dollars. I might go jump down. If I have 1 million dollar and I made
another million, I now have 2 million dollars, instead I jump for joy. The
former makes me jump down, the latter makes me jump up, possibly with fist
pumping and with occasional shouts of joy. Thus they are clearly different,
even though it’s the same.”
“The journey to the result is as important as the result. If the final
result is equal, and the journey to reach the result is the same, then it might
be equal in all aspects. But I doubt the journey can be the same. Even if the
journey is the same, the person might be different. Even if the person involved
is the same, the mental state of the person might be different. Hence, it’s
safe to conclude that equal results need not be equal to the person carrying
out the journey.”

– LP from Bully the Bear


Same outcome, different methods
Sometimes the outcome is not as
important as the journey or our state of mind. For instance, the same result
can be achieved by two different people with two different ways and state of
minds as follows:
Person A did it happily and at the
same time makes others happy with more love and compassion, despite more time,
effort and compassion cast in. Although it is impossible to make everyone happy
because truth do ultimately hurts, but the sincerity is felt and the majority
will benefit from it in a more sustainable manner over time.
Person B achieves the result at the
expense of others in a faster and efficient manner with only personal agenda in
consideration. Even though he/she is happy in his/her words now, the heart is
not right and the loneliness and emptiness will eventually unfolds from within
over time despite the short term happiness attain to pacify his/her own egoism.

Stop having a mind that is clogged
I said this before. I think there
are three ways that our mind can be clogged.
“Ignorance”
This means truly lack of knowledge
to comprehend truth or simply bo-chup! Often times, gullibility itself can be a
sin too. 
“Emotion”
This is anger as we are biased
against the truth, because ultimately it triumphs over our own view that we are
unable to accept. 
Then there are fears and worries
because this is going to affect the person adversely and he/she has no clue
whatsoever what to do in a difficult situation they are in.  Hence it will
often lead to covering up all of one’s actions with reasons not relevant and
logical to the subject matter. Instead the response will be excuses based on self-pity
or self-ego or self-abstinence, which eventually led to anger, putting the
blame on the truth.
Another reason that we can be
blinded is because we are emotionally attached to people who can shield us from
seeing the truth, even if the person influencing us is not harbouring any bad
intentions. 
“Greed”
This includes not just greed of
money, and more money, power and fame. This is how success is defined in
today’s society. It also includes the trait of high ego especially for people
who are at the echelon of the society. The fallacy of “How can they be wrong if
they are this filthy rich?”
In approaching problems, if we can
reach the stage to switch off the above three mental blocks, our mind will then
be able to see and reason things more clearly. Eventually the path ahead will
appear smoother and happier than we initially thought!
You will be surprised that how
things will take care by itself miraculously too!

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10 thoughts on “The outcome, journey and mind!

  1. Hi Rolf,

    Thanks for the shout out in your blog 🙂 I've a similar post here on the same theme too that I wrote last year. I don't know why, but I keep coming back to this theme from daily observations of life.

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