The Earth provides enough to satisfy our every need, but not our every greed.
To say that if we had a little more, we should be very satisfied is not
true. If we refuse to be contented with what we have, we would not be
satisfied with whatever we have because the more we have, the more we
It is stupidity, fear and greed that rule the world. Hell has three
gates: lust, anger, and greed. Greed will swift of our feet when we count our blessings; when
we realize how valuable and lucky we are and how much is going for us because
gratitude will govern our thoughts.
happy people who are thankful; itís thankful people who are
if we concentrate on what we donít have, we will never, ever have
enough; we will keep on yearning for something more, like the merchant
in the following narrative.
As the story goes,
once upon a time
there lived a cloth merchant in a village with his wife and two
children. They were indeed quite well-off. They had a beautiful hen
which laid an egg every day. It was not an ordinary egg, rather, a
golden egg. But the man was not satisfied with what he used to get
The man wanted to
get all the golden eggs from his hen at one single go. So, one day he
thought hard and at last clicked upon a plan. He decided to kill the hen
to get all the eggs together.
The next day when
the hen laid a golden egg, the man caught hold of it, took a sharp
knife, chopped all its neck and cut its body open.
There was nothing
but blood all around and no trace of any egg at all. He was highly
grieved because now he would not get even one single egg.
Each day I am thankful for nights that turned
into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that
turned into reality and likes that turned into love.
His life was
going on smoothly with one egg a day but now, he himself made his life
miserable. Consequently, he started becoming poorer
and poorer day by day and ultimately became a pauper. How jinxed and how
much foolish he was.
The moral of the
story is to avoid excessive, insatiable and unreasonable desire. Our
desire must be realistic otherwise we could lose instead of gaining
Those of us who
not grateful for the good things we have, would not be happy with
what we wish we had. Happiness comes when we stop wailing but instead offering thanks for all the blessings that we have.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into
acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal
into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude
makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision
for tomorrow.-Melody Beattle