Trying to Catch the Train
After I completed the first four sets of exercises this morning, I looked at my watch and found that I still had six minutes before the train was scheduled to leave. (I take the train to go to work every day.) It was perfect! I got down to the train station quickly. A train service promotion activity was being held at the train station entrance hall. They were giving away complimentary coffee mugs. I needed one. There were not too many people in line. After six or seven seconds of waiting, I was very glad to get a mug. I took the it and rushed to the platform. The train had just closed its doors. No matter how hard I pulled on the door-handle, the train still left.
Seeking after that little mug caused me to be late for work. I remember that Master Li answered the disciple’s question about the time left for cultivation time. He said, ”The time given to you will definitely be enough. Yet it won’t do if you don’t make the most of your time. If you say ‘then let me take my time to cultivate, will you have enough time? No, you won’t – because the Fa is serious” (“Lecture at the U.S. East Coast Conference”). There are lots of tests on the road of cultivation. I realize that cultivation is like catching the train and any distraction will make you lose several precious seconds.