A woman came to a Zen Master and asked, “Master! Why are you always so blissful? Why am I not?”The Master said, “Come with me to the garden.” The woman followed him to the garden. He said, “Do you see this big tree and the small tree next to it?”She said, “Yes, I see it.”The Master said, “I have never heard the small tree asking the big tree, “Why are you so big and I am so small?” That’s why both are happy. The tree is big and the bush is small and both are unique. They don’t compare themselves although they are standing side by side. So both are happy. And I am happy because I have dropped all comparison; I have simply accepted myself as I am. That is my simple secret.”
We are more interested in others lives than our own life. The mind is always eager and curious to know what happens in the neighbour’s house. We want to live always like somebody else and not like ourselves. So the lists of comparison go on and on—it is endless. Comparison creates smallness or pettiness in us, which makes us unhappy in life. Thus, comparison becomes food for the ego. People never want to live as themselves. We are not ready to accept what we are at the moment—here and now. When we accept ourselves as we are comparison disappears. Life blooms ad bliss enters our being. Life becomes beautiful and we begin to appreciate it and everything around us.
If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it as the old woman did her spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time—Josh Billings.