Recently I have found myself becoming a little too pre-occupied in thinking about what I want rather than what I have.
Ambition is a doubled edged sword, most people see it as a positive force, some even as essential in life.
However, generally I shy away from allowing ambition to drive me. It is a tough master and all too often leads to disappointment and a lack of fulfilment. That's my belief. So I try to be happy with what I have and move forward slowly, instinctively.
It was Thomas Otway in the 17th century who wrote: Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
It remains true today I feel.
This little poem was born of some thoughts I have had about the future and what I want from it, more importantly what I need from it – which it turns out is little more than what I already have.
On The Road To Ambition
“Tell me”, said the bird, “what it is you treasure,
what things bring you pleasure
when you stop and look around...?
Is it all of nature or just the things you see?
If what makes you sets you free,
then what gifts may you have found?”
Puzzled by the riddle from the funny little bird
I examined every word
and I saw where I was bound
And I realised that the folly of my way was clear to see
that my ignorance brought me
to a place without a sound.
Not a bird was singing nor a whisper from a tree
and the silence troubled me, this could not be holy ground.
And just in time I saw that the path was going nowhere,
that I had no need to go there
and I did not care for greed.
So I stopped and thanked the bird and returned to where I started.
Ambition has departed.
I have everything I need.
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