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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Kill the Green-Eyed Monster

Ah, envy.

The Ten Commandments attributed to Moses (and behind him, G-d) admonish us not to covet "thy neighbor's house, thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's."

House, spouse, servants, source of income, means of transportation, or anything.

Yup, that about covers it.

Let me make a quick aside here: we're so used to thinking of rules (like the Ten Commandments, or the Five Precepts) as binding, restrictive, punishing. Have you ever thought about them as sources of happiness ?

Anyway, the point is, you already have what you need.

It has been observed that, just before a divorce, there is often a major acquisition: a new house, a fancy car, even a baby. And then the two people discover that it wasn't the thing that would save the marriage, and so off they go.

You already have what you need.

Believe it, live in it, breathe it.

You'll be happier.

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