What is there to complain about after reading this??

 

After a conversation with one of my friends, he told me despite taking 2 jobs, he brings back barely above 1K per month, he is happy as he is. I wonder how he can be as happy as he is considering he has to skimp his life with the low pay to support a pair of old parents, in-laws, a wife, 2 daughters and the many bills of a household.

 

He explained that it was through one incident that he saw in India…that happened a few years ago when he was really feeling low and touring India after a major setback. He said that right in front of his very eyes, he saw an Indian mother chop off her child’s right hand with a chopper. The helplessness in the mother’s eyes, the scream of pain! from the innocent 4-year-old child haunted him until today.

 

You may ask why did the mother do so, has the child been naughty, has the child’s hand been infected?? No, it was done for two simple words – – – TO BEG! The desperate mother deliberately caused the child to be handicapped so that the child can go out to the streets to beg. I cannot accept how this could happen, but it really did, just in another part of the  world which I don’t see.

 

Taken aback by the scene, he dropped a piece of bread he was eating half-way. And almost instantly, a flock of 5 or 6 children swamped towards this small piece of bread which was covered with sand, robbing bits from one another. The natural reaction of hunger. Stricken by the happenings, he instructed his guide to drive him to the nearest bakery. He arrived at two bakeries and bought every single loaf of bread he found in the bakeries. The owner was dumbfounded but willingly sold everything. He spent less than $100 to obtain about 400 loaves of bread (this is less than $0.25 per loaf) and spent another $100 to get daily necessities. Off he went in the truck full of bread into the streets.

 

As he distributed the bread and necessities to the children (mostly handicapped) and a few adults, he received cheers and bows from these unfortunate. For the first time in his life he wondered how people can give up their dignity for a loaf of bread which cost less than $0.25.

 

He began to ask himself how fortunate he is. How fortunate he is to be able to have a complete body, have a job, have a family, have the chance to complain what food is nice and what isn’t, have the chance to be clothed, have the many things that these people in front of him are deprived of…

 

Now I begin to think and feel it, too! Was my life really that bad? Perhaps…no. I should not feel bad at all…What about you? Maybe the next time you think you are, think about the child who lost one hand just to beg on the streets.

 

"Contentment is not the fulfilment of what you want, it is the realization of how much you already have."

 
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在一個講究包裝的社會裡,我們常禁不住羨慕別人光鮮華麗的外表,而對自己的欠缺耿耿於懷。但就我多年觀察,我發現沒有一個人的生命是完整無缺的,每個人都少了一樣東西。

 

有人夫妻恩愛、月入數十萬,卻是有嚴重的不孕症;

有人才貌雙全、能幹多金,情字路上卻是坎坷難行;

有人家財萬貫,卻是子孫不孝;

有人看似好命,卻是一輩子腦袋空空。

 

每個人的生命,都被上蒼劃上了一道缺口,你不想要它,它卻如影隨形。

 

以前我也痛恨我人生中的缺失,但現在我卻能寬心接受,因為我體認到生命中的缺口,彷若我們背上的一根刺,時時提醒我們謙卑,要懂得憐恤。若沒有苦難,我們會驕傲,沒有滄桑,我們不會以同理心去安慰不幸的人。

 

我也相信人生不要太圓滿,有個缺口讓福氣流向別人是很美的一件事,你不需擁有全部的東西,若你樣樣俱全,別人吃什麼呢?

 

也體認到每個生命都有欠缺,我也不會再去與人作無謂的比較了,反而更能珍惜自己所擁有的一切。

 

猶記得我那可稱為台灣阿信的企業家姑媽,在年近七旬時遁入空門前告訴我:

「這輩子所結交的達官顯貴不知凡幾,他們的外表實在都令人豔羨,但深究其裡,每個人都有一本很難唸的經,甚至苦不堪言。」

 

所以,不要再去羨慕別人如何如何,好好數算上天給你的恩典,你會發現你所擁有的絕對比沒有的要多出許多,而缺失的那一部分,雖不可愛,卻也是你生命的一部分,接受它且善待它,你的人生會快樂豁達許多。

 

如果你是一個蚌,你願意受盡一生痛苦而凝結一粒珍珠還是不要珍珠,寧願舒舒服服的活著?!

 

如果你是一隻老鼠,你突然發覺你已被關進捕鼠籠而你前面有一塊香噴噴的蛋糕,這時,你究竟是吃還是不吃呢?!

 

早期的撲滿都是陶器,一旦存滿了錢,就要被人敲碎如果有這麼一隻撲滿,一直沒有錢投進來,一直瓦全到今天,他就成了貴重的古董你願意做哪一種撲滿?!

 

你每想到一次就記下你的答案,直到有一天你的答案不再變動,那就是你成熟了!!