What is a thought? What is a good thought? How to we allocate enough time to grant others the flash of a thought?
Here is a story.
Let’s say you and I work in a office somewhere. Same level; we work together. We usually get along. We know each other long enough to minimize friction.
We cannot call each other friends, but we went past being colleagues. So much that we have enjoyed some success in working as a team.
Let’s say that the basic notion that our careers depend on one another was planted in our minds. It grew and we got used to it.
Work is distributed fairly evenly and we cannot complain. Each does his share and we’re happy.
And then one day, something good happens. A promotion becomes available. Higher level. It comes with a better salary, more prestige. Maybe a corner office and a secretary.
So who gets it? Can one of us even be happy that the other earns it?
We live in an increasingly competitive world. It’s so bad that no thought of shame is attached to the occasional need to acquire a reward at the expense of another from time to time.
Now, if I tell you that I went to the boss, the supervisor or the HR Department and pleaded your case so you could earn that promotion, would you believe me?
It would certainly give you a hint of a good feeling, immediately followed by the natural suspicion caused by our self-preservation instinct. You would want to have proof, right?
Would you go to the boss, the supervisor or the HR lady and plead my case so I would receive the promotion? Don’t answer that.
We are what we are and what we are is called Egoism. The “Will to Receive.” There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s only a problem because we do not realize that our egoism grows continually, that it always wants more.
All our thoughts are employed in finding more fulfillment for ourselves.
Luckily we learn that we earn more, that we have more to gain by trying to wish well for others instead of remaining so immersed inside our own needs. Why do you think volunteering helps those suffering from depression? Coming out of ourselves gives life a purpose.
Whatever it is that you do for the sake of someone else fills you way more than anything you could do just for yourself.
One day, you’ll even be able to accept the fact that everyone else depends on you.
(Continued: Nature is Teaching — coming soon)