So, I’ve written about how Warren Buffett is a very rational person and I’ve also written about learning Mindfulness from Tan Chade Meng. Both posts are very reflective and theoretical in nature so I thought I’d share how both ideas can bring about a positive outcome.

This story comes from an ex-colleague. Once, she told me about how her husband, let’s call him Q, was driving on the road in the fast lane when a car on the next lane signalled, indicating that this car wanted to change lanes. Since Q’s car had the right of way, he never intended to let the other driver change lanes in front of him. For some reason, the other driver must have thought that he had enough room to change lanes before Q’s car and promptly did so. The result is that there was a minor accident which resulted in a nasty dispute about who should pay whom and both parties ended up in court.

Now, if Q were rational, he should realised even though he had right of way on the roads, it would have been smarter to avoid an accident completely as the subsequent cost and hassle of the incident would have been more costly than being right. If Q was also mindful, he should have recognised that satisfying his own ego was the driving purpose behind him wanting to be right. He would have also recognised that the other driver also had an ego. Being able to ignore one’s ego is a blessing. It’s akin to releasing a weight attached to one’s body.

In short, being rational and mindful is not just because it’s some new-age, fashionable thing to do (in fact, it’s not!). The more important thing is that practicing both those ideas have tangible, beneficial outcomes, it’s the person who is wise that recognises this.