Living in today’s metropolitan world of cellular phones, mobile computers and other high-tech gadgets is not just hectic but very impersonal. We make money and then invest our time and effort in making more money.
Does it end?
Not usually because we are never satisfied.
How many times have we convinced ourselves that if only we had some more money, life would be so sweet? But then, after receiving a substantial raise, we realize that it wasn’t enough and that we need more?
What Should You Do?
I have read many books on life such as Robin Sharma’s Monk says this and the monk says that, and they all seem to say that money is not necessary. But it is. Can you do without cash and a lot of it? I know I can’t.
I asked my mother for advice that will help me find my true way in life.
My mother nodded and took me to the window. “What do you see?” she asked me.
Promptly, I answered, “I can see people walking to and fro and a blind man is begging for alms at the left corner.”
Mother nodded and guided me to a big mirror. “Now look and tell me what you see?”
“I can see myself,” I answered.
My mother smiled. “Now you can’t see anyone else. The mirror and the window are both created from the same raw material: glass, but because on one of them they have applied a thin layer of silver, when you look at it all you can see is your own reflection.”
My mother placed her arm on my shoulders. “Compare yourself to those two pieces of glass. Without the silver layer, you saw the other people and felt compassion for them. When you are covered with silver, you see only yourself.”
I looked at her and stared. “I don’t understand.”
She continued. “You will become someone only if you have the courage to remove the silver covering over your eyes in order to again see and love others.” She held my hand, hugged me, and sent me on my way.
I have thought of what she said and come to the conclusion that she had a point. Yes. We need money and we should not aim to lead a moneyless existence; it’s pointless and will only cause us and our families many heartbreaks in the future.
Instead, I suggest that we should follow the advice my dear mother gave me. When we approach life through a silver covering, all we are able to see is ourselves. But discard that covering, and you will be able to see and feel everyone else.
In life, we are allowed to and should be able to look at both kinds of glass, but we should remember that a mirror reflects only us; a window is the door to compassion, health and true wealth. In other words, seek wealth by all means, but don’t let it dissuade you from life, people, children and the poor and needy.
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