What level are you at? That’s a bit of a trick question in two ways: a. I’m talking about life, not video games, and b. I don’t think it matters nearly as much as people think.
Many people are trying to get to the next level at something. Could be the next level of wealth – becoming a millionaire, becoming a billionaire, getting out of debt. Could be spirituality – even more enlightened and non-dualistic! Or health related – losing weight, running the 5k a little faster, being able to run a 10k instead of a 5k. And so on.
Sometimes the levels are more of achieving an expected life stage – getting married, having a child, having more children, etc. Levels are very important to many of us.
Back to the video game reference. I am not into “gaming.” However, I have gotten caught up in “Candy Crush” at least a couple of times. And in that game, the levels don’t really change much as one gets more advanced. Yeah, they tend to get more difficult and there are new things added here and there. The essence of the game remains the same.
Maybe that’s how it is in life, too. While the term “level” implies better, I think that’s the ego talking. Getting better at things – reaching higher levels – can feel very enjoyable (or not), but it doesn’t actually make some people better than others. A billionaire that just went into space is no better than a drug addicted homeless person on the street.
That might be hard to take – it is for me, too. Of course we don’t want to see people suffer. It’s just that ego can make us get caught up in something untrue – that because of our life situation, we are superior to some and inferior to others.
I remember once reading something about “enlightenment.” I think it was written by Ram Dass – not 100% sure. Whoever wrote it said that some people, through meditation or whatever, only reach a low level of enlightenment and then stop there and enjoy life and family, etc., more than they might have before. And others keep going and “awaken” to higher and higher levels.
For a long time, I thought this sounded egoic. Now I am wondering if he meant what I am trying to say, too. That although the word “level” implies superiority, it’s all good (as the saying goes).
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everyone rushes around in a great panic as if it were so necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”Alan Watts
I think the desire to achieve is natural. Perhaps the best thing is to not take it so seriously – to have more fun and enjoy the journey.
Wishing you all some happy steps on your journey today. (And for those of you wondering where Sunday’s drawing went to, I’ve added it below.)