It’s a painful moment when all your hard work is thrown off course or knocked out of sync. But have you ever seen an ant complain about the weather, about being thrown out of sync? No, they are invariably relentless.
From the ant we learn where the real treasure is.
That which is superficial, on the surface, and irrelevant to our inner workings, will always be easy to blow away in the wind. Atrophy, the weather, or the obstacle the neighborhood tyrant sadistically throws in our path for his amusement. But he will get bored, the ant will not. The weather will change. The ant will not.
And that’s because the anthill you see is only the residue, it’s not their real kingdom. The ant’s true work carries on below, out of sight. It stretches deeper than that little anthill on the surface. And the very fact that it is a kingdom built from the inside out is why it will remain, and why it is indestructible. Because your kingdom is not what is shown. It is what is known.
The real treasure will remain after the wind, after the rain, after the snow, and after the tyrannical neighborhood kid with the magnifying glass.
He thinks he’s clever when he kicks over an anthill. But it’s only an anthill to him. For the ant, it's just a landfill outside their door.
So the next time someone kicks over your anthill, just remember: They didn’t hurt the ant, they didn’t hurt your kingdom. They just took out your trash.
The Journey Continues
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