Good for nothing

Atualizado: 28 de set.

Meditation is good for nothing according to the Buddhist monk Zen Master Shohaku Okumura. His simple account clarifies the need to turn off and think of nothing as a form of meditation that cleans the state of mind without any expectations.

It got me thinking if it wouldn’t be better to just get a good night’s sleep! Clearly, I’m no expert on the subject. A good for nothing opinion then is a personal account based on what individuals believe. I like to think I’ve got the answers, but truth be known if you see things from one side you need to realize there are other angles to view before jumping to conclusions.


However, we tend to read things and make our conclusions the way we interpret them which is usually based on the logical assumption early on before listening intently for the entire explanation. We need to analyze things well before making decisions though often that isn’t the case and we go with either a gut feeling or use our knowledge whether limited or not, and then make judgments considering these aspects.


Investing in random cryptocurrencies for example, as they look good is total speculation. There is no probability behind such volatile market trends. Cryptocurrency got its impetus from Bitcoin which stemmed from blockchain technology. There are more than 19,000 cryptocurrencies in existence and dozens of blockchain platforms that exist. The richest man in the world, Elon Musk has lost over half a billion dollars so far.


Actually, if we believe strongly enough in our interpretation and are confident about our resolve then we go with it while pushing the point home. Often firmness in a decision is a daunting task because if we are the decision maker then it can be overwhelming pressure on our back, not wanting to be mistaken, or run the risk of failure. No one likes to miss the mark.


Sometimes when deadlines need to be met, we are forced to decide. Always give yourself plenty of time in advance. Don’t leave decisiveness to chance by making random decisions by simply flipping the coin!


Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface


Vocabulary builder:

Intently (adv) = closely, fixedly, carefully, attentively, keenly, absorbedly, (ant) abstractedly

Gut feeling (idiom) = A sixth sense, hunch, or gut feeling: Whatever you choose to call it, the sudden flash of insight from deep within can inspire plenty of faith. The old saying “trust your gut” refers to trusting these feelings of intuition, often as a way to stay true to yourself.

Resolve (n) resolution, determination, steadfastness, tenacity, doggedness, firmness, decision, (ant) indecision

Press the point home (idiom) = to repeat or emphasize something, so that people remember it. “He decided it was time to press his point home.” Or to push something into place.

Daunting (adj) = intimidating, unnerving, discouraging, scary, frightening, overwhelming, formidable, demoralizing, disheartening

Miss the mark (idiom) = to fail or be wrong. “Their estimates completely missed the mark.” or “The ad campaign was supposed to appeal to young people but it missed the mark.”

Flip the coin (idiom) = literally can mean heads or tails and whoever wins makes the decision, to give something over to chance, especially when two opposite outcomes are equally likely. “At this point, we're just flipping a coin whether the car will get us the whole way to Denver or not.”

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