Chapter II – Part 7

$ It’s easy for plants and animals.

$ For a human being it’s easy, too if they know who they are and remain themselves. Look at those two plants: wild strawberry and welwitschia. Wild strawberries need the shadow of the forest and its humidity. If they landed on the Namib desert, they would live a couple of hours. Welwitschias are able to get by on the Namib desert: their roots can reach up to 30 m, they know how to extract water from the fog over the ocean. And humans? They are born sparrows, want to convince the whole world that they are tigers and can’t understand why they are tired all the time and why all their bodies are aching. And the best thing: “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Brilliant! That’s one of the aim of the meditation: to remember or to see what it is like to be here and now. Mark Twain said: I’ve had thousands problems in my life, most of which never actually happened. “Give us today our daily bread.” Today you have all the money you need, don’t you?

$ I don’t have money to buy a yacht.

$ I love this example! Do you really need a yacht today?

$ No, but if we follow like this it will turn out that most of my financial worries refer to the things that I don’t need in fact.

$ That’s what Forrest Gump’s mother used to say: there’s only so much fortune a man really needs, and the rest is just for showing off. And do you remember how Forrest commented a call from lieutenant Dan informing that he got him invested in some kind of fruit company and saying: we don’t have to worry about money no more?

$ No, I don’t remember. What did he say?

$ That’s good. One less thing. The fifth thing. Persistence in prayers. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Every time I read about bread, stone, fish and snake I feel moved.

$ And what about the rich young man?

$ In my opinion, riches were not his problem; pride was. And maybe trading with God, too. God, I don’t murder, I don’t commit adultery, I don’t steal etc, so what do I lack? In other words: admit it: I’m better than the others. Jesus in this story found his weak point. And we started from stating that catholic guilt can block your way to riches.

$ That was a very, very long digression.

$ How are you doing now?

$ I feel more scared.

$ More scared?!

$ Yes, because I’m overwhelmed by the conviction that only I am responsible for my finance. Not my boss, not the world economy, not the market. Only me. You quoted Gandhi to me once…

$ Be the change you want to see in the world.

$ That’s the one!

$ And did I tell you the story of Gandhi and a fat boy?

$ No, tell me now.

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