Let’s take a fish as an example and for this example, we’ll name the fish Nemo.
Nemo lives in the water and has many collectible pearls, gems and shells. He absolutely loves the things he owns and is grateful to have them. However, one day Nemo went searching for food and on his return, found that all his belongings had been taken away. Nemo has now lost his gratitude and has become resentful. Nemo is unable to enjoy life and carries on with a negative mindset.
To us, it is quite obvious that the water supporting Nemo’s life is more important and valuable than the tiny things he owns. But to Nemo, who lives in the water, only the things he owns are important and valuable; he does not notice the water.
The same goes for us, we are so grateful for the things we own, however, as soon as we lose them or have them taken away, we become resentful and bitter. We don’t see the life that supports us, the divine ocean of greatness.
Instead of focusing on the things that are expendable, we should be focusing on the system that is non expendable and that supports our very existence. We should be grateful that we are alive.
Bobby Bains BHSc