July 17


Today's quotation:

May we never let the things we canít have or donít have or shouldnít have spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have.  As we value our happiness, let us not forget it.  One of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have.

Richard L. Evans

Today's Meditation:

It's kind of funny how childish we can be sometimes when it comes to our possessions.  There are times when I want something so much that I think about it constantly until I get it, even though the number of things that I do have far outnumber the number of things that I want.  I say childish because it's so common to see children completely focused on getting something new for themselves, and we definitely do act that way ourselves.

We should remember, though, that not everything that we want is best for us to have.  That's why we don't always get everything that we want.  My car is now eight years old, and I was recently thinking about getting a new one.  I fought the temptation, though, and now my state of mind is such that I'm quite satisfied to hold on to this car another two or three years.  There's absolutely no reason not to do so, and now I'm pretty happy that I don't have something that I "wanted" so badly just a few months ago.

Richard's point about spoiling the enjoyment of the things we do have shouldn't be missed, either.  If we get so caught up in wanting something that we no longer can enjoy the things that are still positive parts of our lives, then we're making a pretty big-- and pretty basic-- mistake.  We have a lot in life, and it's important that we not take what we have for granted as we desire to have something else.  If we do so, we're only hurting ourselves.  But we can't miss that point or pretend it's not true-- we definitely are hurting ourselves.

Questions to consider:

Is there something that you don't have that you've been focused on getting or wishing for?  How has that focus affected you?

Can you be truly happy without some of the things that you don't have, but want?

How do so many other people get by so well without some of the things we want?

For further thought:

The moment you have a desire to possess something is the exact moment you enter into the first phase of enslavement to it.


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