This meditation is shared by Michael Levy
How do we deal with the jealousy that haunts our lives and what does it take to make us happy?
“It is OK for you” is a taunt that has become quite natural for us to say to successful happy people.
No matter where we are in this world we can see life as a positive or a negative. If it only took money to make us happy most of the rich families of past generations would not have ended in tragic circumstances. History is littered with the tales of woe’s of the rich & famous. In contrast there are millions of people in the world who live in poverty but still are able to enjoy life. They may not have the creature comforts we are accustomed to, however they see life through different eyes.
If people around us are suffering, what is more beneficial: to moan & groan alongside them, pity them, or show them our love and joy and encourage the wisdom that just being alive is miracle enough? We breath, we see the sky, moon, stars. We feel the warmth of the sun. The chill of a winter wind. The birth of spring. The colors of autumn.
We see the trees, the flowers, the birds and animals all enjoy life. Only man wants to go through life with his ego image in an artificial man-made world Many people, including myself, have come from humble beginning. To wallow in self-pity leads to despair and a wasted existence.
The simple things in life have the deepest meaning.
I leave you with the thoughts of a lady whose only possessions were a mop, bucket and a robe.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
– Mother Teresa –