If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart
I have been thinking a lot about the above quote. Lately, it seems, I have been inundated with people, movies, articles and posts that tell me and others the “right” way to live, act, think and even worship. I believe now more than ever that the Golden Rule is of utmost importance and that before we act, the most important question to ask ourselves is, “Would I like it if someone did that or said that to me?
Nobody knows for certain, of course, what happens when we are no longer drawing breath on this earth. I think it is arrogant at best to proclaim to the world that our beliefs are the only ones of value and the only ones that are valid. It is my humble opinion that the world would be a much better place if we all worked on bettering ourselves and gave less concern to the faults of those around us. While I am not as knowledgeable as I would like about scripture, I do recall something about being less concerned with the splinter in our neighbor’s eye and more about the two by four in our own. Those of you similar to myself will want to see the “correct version” now, so here it is: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:3-5
I believe if we take Eckhart’s words to heart and learn to be thankful for what we have we will be much happier. Everyone alive on this earth has challenges and we have no idea what another person might be going through. By showing compassion for those we encounter and by being grateful for our joys and our trials (aka leaning experiences 😉 ) we can inspire others to do the same and can make at least our little corner of the world a bit better. 🙂