Near my house, there is a temple and sometimes I make it a point to visit it. There is something very serene about the atmosphere inside. The monks are either sitting on one of the benches chatting with normal folks like us, or they are meditating somewhere in one of their chambers.
They have lots of booklets and handouts and so, walking past, I grab one. Hoping for some insight? You bet.
Anyway, I grabbed this one called 'One Hundred Tasks For Life' written and compiled by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. The first one on the list is 'discover your greatest shortcomings and be willing to correct it'.
Hhhhmmmm.....so many, Venerable!
But come to think of it, I think it's right to put it at the top of the list of things to do in this lifetime. Human beings err, whether we like it or not. But because we are ego beings, our first reaction would be to deny that we have a problem or that the problem is someone else's problem. We are not wrong, our ego says.
Being ego is although natural, it should not define how we view our interaction with the world. If we are to survive life's trials and tribulations, we have to be able to face up to our own weaknesses.
I know you've been waiting for my confession. Hehehe....
My biggest weakness is....procrastination. Yes, I will wait until things start to rot or until there is a complaint before I deal with it. The reason I procrastinate is not because I am lazy. I fear the outcome or I am not sure if I can handle it. Therefore, I procrastinate. Sometimes I procrastinate because I think maybe the problem will go away.
So, there, I have admitted to one of my biggest shortcomings and from henceforth, I will work towards correcting it.
What about you? What is your greatest shortcomings? Maybe it is time to admit it and work on correcting it too.