It is not only hectic but very impersonal, to live in today’s metropolitan world of cell phones, tablet computers, and other high-tech gadgets. We make money and then spend our time and effort to make more money. Is it going to end? Typically, no! It’s just that we’re never satisfied. How many times have we told ourselves that life would be so good if only we had some more money? But then, after earning a significant raise in salary, we realize that it wasn’t enough and that we need more.
I finished reading a lot of life books, and they all seem to say that the money is not required for many things you can do. Is it possible for you to do fine without money and a lot of it? I can’t.
So I discussed this with my friend Millie who lives next door and asked for advice to help me find the real best way of living a life.
Millie nodded, taking me to the window. ‘What are you seeing?’ she asked me.
I responded promptly, “I can see people walking back and forth, and a blind man asking for alms in the left corner.”
Millie nodded, leading me to a large mirror. “Look now and tell me what you’re seeing?”
“I can see myself,” I replied to her instantly.
Millie grinned. “You can not see someone else now. Both the mirror and the window are made of the same raw material: glass, but since they have added a thin coating of silver to one of them, what you can see is your own reflection when you look at it.”
She placed her arm on my shoulders. “Compare yourself to those two pieces of glass. You saw other people without the silver coating and felt compassion for them. You only see yourself when you are covered with silver.”
I looked and gazed at Millie. “I can’t understand what you mean.”
Millie continued. “Only if you have the confidence to remove the silver covering over your eyes in order to see and love someone again, you will become someone.” She patted me on my back and sent me on my way.
I thought about what she was saying and realized that she had a point. Yeah. Yeah. We need money and we should not aim to lead a life without money; it is futile and will only cause more heartbreaks in the future for us and our families.
I say, instead, that we should obey the advice given to me by Millie. What we are able to see is ourselves when we view life through a silver covering. But discard the covering, and everyone else will be able to see and feel you.
We are permitted to and should be able to look at all kinds of mirrors in life, but we should note that only us are reflected by a mirror; a window is the path to compassion, wellbeing, and true wealth. In other words, by all means, pursue money, but do not let it dissuade you from life, from people, from children, and the poor and needy.
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