Two words to describe what drives most people around, self and money, or simply put – possessions.
What I can have, how I can get rich or what good will this do to me, are examples of our motivation before we do anything. Also include the need for recognition here. The world is generally self-centered.
But in reality, this is not the true essence of our spirit. Greed, for its part, was developed by man’s survival instinct and competitive nature and enforced by a few divisive individuals who dominated through the ages. Nowadays, it is fueled by media, politics, and religion.
Now let’s see what you got or what your possessions are. You have a loving family, nice home, lots of money, fancy cars, fine jewelry, great health, steady business or position, good reputation, and so on.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with all of these and we all aim to have these in our life. I will never say that we should avoid them because all these are good things.
But notice one thing common with all of them – they are all fleeting. These possessions can all be gone in a wink of an eye. And notice too that when we already got one, we want to up the ante a bit and crave for more. That is greed at work and greed is a very dangerous thing.
Finding and getting the precious possessions
Remember that life is a continuing cycle of ups and downs. You don’t always get to stay on top and neither will you always stay at the bottom.
But when you are on top there is nowhere else to go but down. So make sure you have as many allies as you can so when you plummet to the other side of the spectrum they will be there to cushion the fall.
Collect friends is what I am saying. Friends are the most valuable of all possessions. At your lowest point, it is not your worldly possessions that will comfort you but your friends, your true friends.
And to have true friends, we must be true friends ourselves. We exist not for the things we want but for those who need us. Living beyond self will equal unexplained happiness.
Worldly thinking is self and money. Spiritual thinking, however, is thinking of others. The world will always have enough for everybody if only everybody gets just what he needed and not what he wanted.
The so-called fine things in life are all blessings. Be thankful whether you have them or not but they are not the mark of true possessions. Friends are.
Have a Simple and Better Life