A rabbi was concerned for a young friend who was becoming worldly and materialistic.
The rabbi invited him into his study and led him to the window.
“What do you see?” he asked.
There was a playground next to the house. “I see children playing,” the young friend answered.
Then the rabbi took a little hand mirror out of his pocket and held it before the visitor’s face. “Tell me what you see now?”
“I see myself,” he said wondering what was going on.
“Isn’t it strange,” the rabbi asked, “that when a little silver gets between yourself and others, you see only yourself.”
Source: “Materialism” #20, in
Frank Mihalic, SVD
1000 Stories You Can Use, Vol 1
(Divine Word Publications, Manila, 1989)
- What is it in your life that tends to get in the way of seeing what is offered for you to see?
- What blinds you, or if not so sever, what is it that blocks your vision?
- And here’s one quotation to chew on: “Cataracts are the third biggest cause of blindness. Religion and politics are the first two.”
A number of years ago I was driving alone, on my way home from a meeting downtown. It was a sweltering day and I had no air conditioner in the car. I was hot and sweaty. I found myself thinking, ‘Now if I had someone in the car, I’d stop and treat her to an ice cream cone.’ It was a passing thought, nothing more. I kept right on driving — and sweating.
Later, as I reflected on my day, that thought came back to me. ‘If I had someone in the car….someone in the car….’ I suddenly realized that I did have someone in the car: myself! Why, in heaven’s name didn’t I stop and treat myself to an ice cream cone? After all, I’m a person too! (And a pretty nice one, at that.) The incident spoke volumes to me about my lack of self-esteem during that particular period in my life. It was a time when I was doing all kinds of favors for others, but none whatsoever for myself.
Source | Melannie Svoboda, Rummaging for God: Seeking the Holy in Every Nook and Cranny
PONDER AND CONSIDER
“If your compassion doesn’t include yourself, it is incomplete.” | Jack Kornfield
Why don’t you treat yourself to something special today?