You know that simpleton’s may be defined as fools in the Merriam–Webster dictionary, but truth be told, they have few worldly cares; little or no anxiety.
Why is the United States and other nations wrestling with their worst economic downturns? Why is there so much brokenness in the populace? Here is the first answer to these questions: The more material things you acquire, the more you’re owned by those things. Next, happiness and contentment are not spatial, like a piece of real estate. They are behavioral in nature.
If one wants to feel wealthy, just start counting all of the things you already possess that money can’t buy. We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give. Did you know that someone who loves money will never be satisfied with money.
There is too much finger-pointing these days. This ought not to be. Did you realize that when you point your finger at another, three of them are pointed right back at you? Attitude has much to do with facing adversity.
Consider the following: A young couple moves into their new neighborhood. As they sit at the breakfast table, the wife tells the husband that the neighbor’s laundry hanging on the line looks dirty. He says nothing at all. She then says that they need a better soap. Same thing happens the next morning. On the third morning while having breakfast, the wife tells her husband that the laundry on the line next door looks so clean. The husband advises her that he got up early and washed the inside windows.
As you can see, the aforementioned example demonstrates that we need to clean ourselves up on the inside first. Then, and only then, can we see clearly what’s real and what is not.
Okay, how do we exactly eradicate adversity from our lives? First, focus on elimination, not acquisition. Next, acquire chastity, humility, patience and love. We do that by displacing sloth, despair, lust for power and acrimony. We must always remember that all earthly things will lose their value. Let’s not bemoan the unavoidable omnipresence of adversity, but rather let our tears, for whatever reason, begin to cleanse our inner being. You will then be at the precipice of the following secret: That which makes the rest of the human race sad, can certainly make your joy greater.