Monday, August 4, 2014

Have I got a deal for you!! Meditation for 8/5/14

Little River; SC

"There is a sucker born every minute."  - David Hannum (Disparaging Barnum Bailey circus attendees: 1850's)

"If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."  -  Jan Margosian

"Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish."  -  Euripides (400 BC

     How often are our fears used as a tool to get us to do things that are not in our own best interest?  How often are we tempted to take short cuts and entertain "get rich quick" schemes?  How often do professional swindlers play on our desire to "do the right things" in order to get us to do things we have no business doing?  How far do we go to try to "conform with the crowd" when what the crowd is doing goes completely against what we know to be right?  How often do we compromise our values because we stand to profit materially from it?  When was the last time our "fear of loss" caused us to jump into something that we later found out was a "rigged game?"

     If something is good today, it will be good tomorrow, it will be good next week and it will be good next year.  Things of lasting value do not come in haste and do not have an expiration date.  Yes, there are windows of opportunity in life, but those windows only represent value when they are the result of our putting into perspective the opportunity that arises.  But when we get that burning lust - that overwhelming feeling that we must have something this moment in spite of the warnings of our intuition, who can talk sense to us?  Yes, we are going to make mistakes in life and hopefully we learn from those mistakes.  We are well served to remember that all that glitters is not gold.  In fact, a very tiny percentage of what glitters is gold.  And things that glitter are usually high maintenance items.  

     Everything has a price, and most things that we could get involved in have a high enough price that we have no business getting involved in them.  If we regularly remind ourselves what we are grateful for we find ourselves wanting what we have.  If we live our life with the understanding that ownership is an illusion - at best we are merely stewards of the things that come into our life we desire a lot less "stuff."  When we focus on the well-being of others we understand more clearly the difference between our needs and our desires.  And when we get burned enough times we come to understand that "there is no free lunch."  Hopefully we learn the lessons before the price of this learning bankrupts us.

Today, may I be prudent.

Happy Tuesday !!

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