We might face difficulties , hardships,and disappointments in our lives. Things do not always go our way, If we listen to the discussions of others and review our own words and thoughts, we find that many of them are complaints about how life is treating us. There is a bitter feeling.
A different perspective would reveal to us how fortunate we are. There is a story of king, who, one day while sitting with his most devoted servant Ayaz, ventured to share cucumber with him. Ayaz thanked him and happily ate the piece given to him by the king. When he had finished, the king then took the bite of his own half. He cried and made a disgusted face, and spit out the cucumber.”This is so bitter. How could you have eaten your piece if it is tasted like bitter poison?.”Ayaz replied: “My dear king, I have enjoyed so many favours and blessings from you all these years. Whatever you give me tastes sweet.” A true lover of god lives in gratitude and so is able to consider the good, the sweet and the bitter as a gift from the beloved. Ayaz had received so much from the king that he did not think it appropriate to complain, if one of these gifts was bitter. He accepted all that the king gave him with love and gratitude. If we could accept the cloudy days with the same gratitude as we do the sunny days, we would find our lives to be filled with more love, peace and happiness.
We should always remember that what goes around comes around.In this world of selfish, narrow-minded people, it takes immense effort to be all-forgiving and all-giving. But if one keeps the Karma Theory in mind, one can do so not only by expecting a favour to oneself at some point. It may be a selfish way of looking at things but it is also pragmatic.