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 want.

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.

Itís not happy people who are thankful; itís thankful people who are happy.

However, 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 daily.

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 something. 

Those of us who are 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.

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By Tim Pedrosa

 

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

Tim