Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day 10, January 10

Recently in my reading I came across a new word:  mudita.  Mudita is the Buddhist practice of being glad for another's good fortune.  What a lovely concept. 

To my shame, I am sometimes not happy for the good fortune of  someone else.  When another writer gets a big book contract, I'm envious.  Part of me is glad for her, but another part, that natural man part, is envious.  Why her and not me, I wonder.  Then my rational side comes in to play and I realize that the writer in question has worked hard for this contract.  Still ... 

Finding happiness and joy for the good fortune of another is a kind of charity.  And isn't chairty what it's all about?  The Lord tells us to find charity--or the pure love of Christ--in our hearts.  As you can tell, I'm still working on it.

So, for today, I am grateful for those times when I am happy for another and have charity in my heart.

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