Saturday 21st March              

Simplicity

Hebrews 13:5
Put greed out of your lives and be content with whatever you have.
God himself has said: I will not fail you or desert you.
With the Lord to help us we need fear nothing.

“To know how to be satisfied is to hold a treasure in the palm of one’s hand.”
– Tibetan proverb

We always long for just a little bit more.
A little more money, a little more help,
a little more time, a little more attention,
a little more quiet, a little more company,
a little more sympathy, a little more…
Simplicity calls us to be satisfied with what we have
and discover treasure in the palm of our hand.
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A monk, while on a journey found a precious stone lying by the banks of a river.
He knew straight away that the stone was valuable,
and would save his monastery from financial ruin.
Another traveller saw the monk pick up the stone and demanded to see it.
“Why should you be the one to have the stone”, he said to the monk,
“I have as much right to it as you.”
The monk, without hesitation gave him the precious stone. The man left.
A few miles later on the man returned with the stone, and gave it back to the monk.
“Please” he said, “give me something even more precious than the stone;
give me that which enabled you to give it to me.”

In yesterday’s reflection I wrote of contentedness.
Contentedness comes through knowing how to be satisfied with what we have,
and to not be constantly yearning for more.
To know how to be satisfied, says a Tibetan proverb,
is to hold a treasure in the palm of one’s hand.

The man who took the precious stone form the monk knew instinctively
that the monks willingness to give up the precious stone without a thought,
was a jewel more precious than anything money could buy.
Simplicity and contentment are priceless jewels, pearls of great price;
that bring happiness that goes way beyond riches.
May we have the grace, the wisdom, and the courage,
to cultivate these values in our lives.