My friend didn’t give me a very satisfying answer. He just looked into my eyes and insisted:“I see it….you were a turtle.” Funny enough, isn’t it? However, he kept saying it couple times. It just drew my attention to think about what it was like to be a turtle. My friend doesn’t have any psychic ability or supernatural power. He is a logical, yet also very intuitive person. No matter whether he really saw my past or not, he drew my attention to research about this ancient animal. And yet, I always believe in him and his intuition. I admire people who listen to their inner voice, trust their feeling and follow the direction leading them to a better place. My friend is one of them; he listens to his true feelings to make ‘heart’ decisions in most of the time. In the Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell said: “(My general formula for my students is) follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” We all intuitively know how to find our door no matter using a baby turtle step or a quantum leap. We just need to trust, relax, listen and follow.
I was curious about how it was like being a turtle. The first thing I can think of the character of grand master Oogway in the movie animation - Kung Fu Panda 1. (Oogway is an English translation of ‘turtle’ in Cantonese) From the description of Wikipedia - The grand master Oogway was considered to be a sage. He also was reckoned as a god in the art of Kung Fu. He also encouraged Monkey to use compassion toward others than playing tricks to everyone. When he chose Po, the panda as the Dragon Warrior and convinced master Shifu to train him,he said: My friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours until you let go of illusion of control. The most recurring proverb that Oogway recites is “There are no accidents.”
Love it! I love this movie a lot. (And yet, the Kung Fu Panda 2 made me cry.) I am so touched by the meaning behind the story - to keep dreaming of something we are passionate with; to believe in ourselves without a doubt or fear; to see a person’s beauty from his/her action; to follow our bliss with diligence. Wait, so, was I a turtle? I think I find the answer from one the dialogues between Po and Oogway:
Po: Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.
Oogway: Quit, don't quit? Noodles, don't noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present."
Oogway, don’t Oogway? I just know I am a gift of myself and people around me. I am proud to be who I am in this present time and space.
Love and light,