Tuesday Mar 25, 2008
Generosity and Gratitude
While we live in a culture steeped in greed and conspicuous consumption, it is becoming increasingly clear to larger numbers of people that there is a better world view.
The soul thrives in the bosom of generosity and gratitude, which has nothing to do with how much money you have in the bank. Generosity is liberating, and gratitude is in all humility.
Be grateful for all your teachers—a former girlfriend, a mentor, a man on the street who taught you something with his awareness. Be generous with your talent, and your praise, and good thoughts for the success of others—which the Buddha had taught more than 2,000 years ago.
Thanks for reminding me. I’d been having a long week, thinking bad thoughts about an old flame.
He did teach me that it was time to move on, and for that I am grateful, too.
To paraphrase Mark Twain, the greatest teachers make you feel that you too can be great.