Living in today’s metropolitan world of cellular phones, mobile computers, and other high-tech gadgets is not just hectic but very impersonal. We make money and then invest our time and effort in making more money. Does it end? Not usually because we are never satisfied. How many times have we convinced ourselves that if only we had some more money, life would be so sweet? But then, after receiving a substantial raise, we realize that it wasn’t enough and that we need more?
What Should You Do?
I have read many books on life, such as Robin Sharma’s Monk says this and the monk says that, and they all seem to say that money is unnecessary. But it is. Can you do without cash and a lot of it? I know I can’t.
So, I went to the neighborhood Rabbi and asked for advice that would help me find my accurate way in life.
The Rabbi nodded and took me to the window. “What do you see?” he asked me.
Promptly, I answered, “I can see people walking to and fro, and a blind man is begging for alms at the left corner.”
The Rabbi nodded and guided me to a big mirror. “Now, look and tell me what you see?”
“I can see myself,” I man answered.
The Rabbi smiled. “Now, you can’t see anyone else. The mirror and the window are both created from the same raw material: glass, but because on one of them they have applied a thin layer of silver when you look at it, all you can see is your reflection.”
The Rabbi placed his arm on my shoulders. “Compare yourself to those two pieces of glass. Without the silver layer, you saw the other people and felt compassion for them. When you are covered with silver, you see only yourself.”
I looked at the Rabbi and stared. “I don’t understand.”
The Rabbi continued. “You will become someone only if you dare to remove the silver covering over your eyes to see again and love others.” He patted me on my back and sent me on my way.
I have thought of what he said and concluded that he had a point. Yes. We need money, and we should not aim to lead a moneyless existence; it’s pointless and will only cause our families and us many heartbreaks in the future.
Instead, I suggest that we should follow the advice the Rabbi gave me. When we approach life through a silver covering, all we can see is ourselves. But discard that covering, and you will be able to see and feel everyone else.
We are allowed to and should look at both kinds of mirrors in life, but we should remember that a mirror reflects only us; a window is a door to compassion, health, and true wealth. In other words, seek wealth by all means, but don’t let it dissuade you from life, people, children, and the poor and needy.
Friend’s how do you see life? Please share your views.
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