Is conceit one of the traits that you have gift wrapped under your tree? The Second Founder of PL, (Perfect Liberty) in one of his lessons taught that gold is gold and iron is iron. I’m simplifying it, in essence, if you have a piece of iron and try to disguise it as gold, no matter what you do, it will always be, iron, and vice versa.
When I was younger, I was very drawn to the “best” of what I could afford, Designer labels filled my wardrobe, my credit cards were worn thin. One day I realized that only I knew what I was wearing, and really, only I cared. I meditated on that, I learned early in life I had a very big component of conceit in my makeup. It has been a consistent bit of homework to tame the conceit and “tad” of arrogance in my character.
We are blessed with gifts from “above“, they are not “ours” they are given to us to share with the world to help and improve the lives of others. A sincere thank you, and smile go a long way in showing our appreciation when something is done for us. AND, if we have the means and ability to do something for someone else, that we do so with makoto (sincerity).
The simplicity of years gone by has been replaced with a lot of hype and a must have society. However, each person we meet is dealing with a myriad of issues, try to listen not only to what is said, but to the spaces between the words.
Try calling instead of sending a text message. We are losing the personal contact that was so present in past years. Love and a peaceful heart, begin by accepting ourselves, in accepting ourselves, and loving ourselves, we are then able to reach out and accept/respect the differences in others. Peace on earth, is possible only if and when we genuinely love one another.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
vintage cards found on Pinterest