All my personal problems, on reflection, were mostly of my own making. All I wanted was to be carefree, happy and not create discord and difficulty. In my ignorance I made a determined effort to achieve my desired goals. In hindsight my wanting caused pain and suffering to others as well as myself. The trouble I caused was not a deliberate wish; it was a product of my lack of understanding. Blind to the feelings of others my desires fueled a fire that burned all it contacted.
I no longer have regrets; I have learned the unsatisfactory nature of life is the causes of much suffering to the unaware. The young and inexperienced cannot be condemned for their misunderstanding learned from a materialistic social system. We are fed on the misguided belief that acquiring possessions brings happiness. Nurtured on greed and fear one strives for security, not realizing that fear and greed are poison to peace in our world.
When helpful truths are learned, from worthy role models and life experiences, we realize wanting and struggling for material things does not bring lasting happiness. In time all things lose their sparkle and shine and the pleasure soon fades. The novelty of succeed does not stop the wanting urge. Wanting to fill our emptiness we keep striving on the endless tread mill, called desire. Wanting, grasping and clinging to things we desire and trying to avoiding what we do not want, we are never at peace. Out of misplaced zeal we strive for what we want and are unmindful of others needs, this behavior can kill love. Destroying our happiness, joy and contentment, the very things we value most. This is how ignorance leads us to fall into life’s traps and pitfalls.
We should not grieve over past mistakes, learn from the experience. Do not fear the future enjoy each day, tomorrow we have no control over. The most important time is now, the most important person is the one you are with now, and the most important thing you can do is what you are doing now. Try to live in a modest, uncomplicated way. Taking only what you need, all the really essential things, in life are available if we live in a kindly, sharing and caring way. You cannot change the world you can only live in harmony with the world.
Never let fear, greed or hate influence you or led you into being afraid of unproven threats. Kindness and understanding are the way to peace, force encourages the opposite reaction. Selfish hording and greed breeds discontent. Lacking understanding of others needs, affluent people flaunt their greedy way of life. Television reaches the eyes of the poor and hungry also the uneducated and gullible who are then ready to be led by unscrupulous, opportunist leaders.
I am not saying life is not good, when I say life has an unsatisfactory nature and this is the cause of much suffering. I am saying it is a universal truth that in time all things change and to understand that grasping and clinging to anything is inviting sorrow. As all things are subject to change like water they will run through your fingers. You are left empty and cry out why is this happening to me? It is not personal, it is just the way things are, it happens to everyone. When we have right understanding of the true nature of things we can face life with a balanced outlook.
We still work for worthwhile goals but without the urgency, the frenzy or obsession. We enjoy our work if we chose an occupation that will be a benefit to all. Doing a useful job we can take a pride in, it could be cleaning windows, if we have the right attitude it is a wonderful job, for a time I worked at it, out in the fresh air, good exercise, a healthy job, no worries just learn all the tricks of the trade to make those windows perfect. I gave those office workers stationed at their desks a clear view of the outside world. I also enjoyed unobstructed views of the beautiful city of Sydney. We all need a clear view, good attitude and no worries.