Life Lessons



A Lesson in Life … I asked the Master how one could find the greatest satisfaction in life. He thought for some moments and then said gently, “By disciplining one’s self and learning to live divinely in small as well as great things.” I asked him if he thought it possible to live divinely in a world so filled with hatred and violence. He nodded vigorously – he had no doubt about it! I asked if he would tell me some of the qualities he considered requisite for living “the superior life”.

Listen to them: Love, contentment, unselfishness, appreciation, loyalty, sincerity, devotion, enthusiasm, joy, simplicity, frugality, gratitude, self control, faith, kindness, the capacity for small enjoyments, serenity, honesty, poise, genuineness, courage, sympathy, tolerance, understanding, good manners, strong observations, strength with gentleness, unselfish attitude, dignity, freedom from evil purposes, and the ability to be interested in people and things for their sakes and not for personal return.

“Suppose one had all these qualities,” I said, “and suppose he lived them so silently, modestly, but radiantly, that men, women and children were happier and better for having known him. What would you call one like that?” He smiled and answered. “Most people call him dog.”

– Anonymous