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Chasing a Knapsack

Freedom From Possessing Possessions

Jun 19, 2007

Saying For Today: If you want to know true, lasting joy, never let what you claim to possess to possess you.

Wisdom Saying

The gap in our economy is between what we have and what we think we ought to have - and that is a moral problem, not an economic one.

~Paul Heyne (1931-2000)lectured in economics for over a quarter of a century at the University of Washington. He spoke of economics through the values of religion, social issues, justice, and free economy.

Wisdom Story

The funny sage Nasrudin saw a man sitting dispiritedly at the side of a road. Nasrudin asked him what troubled him.

"There is nothing of interest in life, my brother," spoke the man. "I have sufficient capital in order that I don't have to work, and I am only on this trip to seek something more interesting and entertaining than the life I have at home. Thus far, I haven't found it!"

Without another word, Nasrudin seized the traveler's knapsack. He ran off down the road with it, running like a rabbit. Since he knew the area, he was able to outdistance him easily.

The road curved, and Nasrudin cut across several switchbacks, with the result that he was soon back on the road, far ahead of the man he had robbed. Nasrudin put the knapsack by the side of the road and waited for the traveler to show up.

Finally, the miserable man appeared, following the tortuous road, more unhappy than ever because of his loss. And as soon as he saw his property lying there by the side of the road, he ran towards it, shouting with joy.

"That's one way of producing happiness," said Nasrudin.

Wisdom Thought For Today

If you want to know true, lasting joy, never let what you claim to possess to possess you. Rather, receive all things as good gifts from the Divine, blessings you neither own, can own, or can assure that you will retain against loss at any time.

Suggested Reflection

How does the following passage speak to you about simplicity in lifestyle? Contentment? Faith?

7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we canít take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

~I Timothy 6.7-8 (NLT)



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