Home  | Advertise with Us  | About Us  | Contact Us
Saturday, 28 May, 2016
Alamo Square Fillmore Jazz District Hayes Valley Nihonmachi Panhandle Bay View Bay Area
Home Page > News Headlines > From My Heart

From My Heart: Greed

Thu, 02 Oct 2008 17:15:00
Article by:

To Whom It May Concern:

Hello, it’s me again. Just one person talking to another from the heart. I would like to talk about greed and being self-centered. When I think about what’s going on with our economy today – the corporate bankruptcies and the bail-outs – I see how destructive greed can really be.  What happened to the middle-class, the class that sustains our economy? Did the middle class become poor? It seems like the poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. There are a lot of people suffering today.

It’s all about me, right? Years ago, I experienced being self-centered. I didn’t see why I couldn’t have all the nice things I desired, ignoring the fact that I didn’t have the money to pay for them. Like the Saab 900 I purchased when I was in my early 20’s. I couldn’t afford it, but I thought I should have it because I liked it. So, instead of getting a car I could afford, I got my Saab. When I drove the car, I felt important; people noticed me and made me feel appreciated. This of course was all superficial and fleeting. Needless to say, the car caused a great amount of stress and financial hardship (as if there wasn’t enough of that already) on me and my family. I knew I had to do the right thing and sell the car. When I did, I felt immediate relief and peace within my family. I didn’t have my nice car anymore, but I had a car – a car to get me to work and home again, to my kids’ school, and anywhere else I needed to go. Isn’t that what’s important?

I learned a valuable lesson about “living above my means.” Living above my means was caused by me wanting more than I needed. I learned to recognize that when my needs were met, that was enough. Today I have learned to live within my means. I encourage my family to cut down on excess spending and to utilize what we already have. We review wasteful spending and cut it from our budget. We look at what we have in our possession, and if we cannot use it ourselves, we donate or sell it.

I now believe in enjoying only the ‘fruits of my labor’. I used to try to enjoy more ‘fruit’ than I produced. I learned the hard way that if I try to enjoy more ‘fruit’ than I produce it will only lead to disaster. It is important to recognize greed because it leads to destruction. It is also foolish to spend money that you don’t have on things that you don’t need. I’ve learned that when my desires are motivated by greed, in the long run everyone and everything in my life suffers –me, my family and my finances. Whenever I start to feel greedy and self-centered, I try to reject that feeling and be a blessing to others.

Through hard work and discipline we can all sustain our families, even thrive, and be able to help others.  To give to others is a wonderful thing. I believe it is our duty to help those who are truly in need, starting with our own family. Our own personal greed affects the world around us. Change can come, but it must start with me, myself, and I. As Ghandi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
These are just my experiences. If I have reached the heart of just one person, I will feel I have been of some worth today. I am not judging anyone, so please do not judge me.

Your Humble Servant

 
 Other Articles

 
 Other News
NOPNA Board continues March survey during April for protected bike lines along Fell and Oak Streets NOPNA Board continues...

 The Board of the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association wants your opinion about the proposal to install a...

Divisadero Farmers Market, every Sunday in April, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Divisadero Farmers...

The Divisadero Farmers Market offers seasonal, organic fare, and artisanal goods such as empanadas, jams, humus and...

Panhandle Park Community Workday, Saturday, April 9, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Panhandle Park...

The second Saturday of each month, neighbors meet to keep the Panhandle clean for visitors. Meet at the Bulletin Board...

Free community dinner, prepared by the Gardening Class at University of San Francisco, Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free community dinner,...

Every Thursday evening during the school year, the USF Gardening Class prepares a community dinner for all the...

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, April 9–10, and April 16–17, on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, free Northern California...

The 49th annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will, once again, completely take over the blocks and...

Recital of opera scenes, performed at the Conservatory of Music on Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 24, 2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m., admission free Recital of opera...

For drama and emotion, it’s hard to top Carmen and Don Giovanni. But the most compelling thing about opera at the...

Queer Youth Meal Night, Tuesday April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the San Francisco LGBT Center Queer Youth Meal Night,...

 Every Tuesday evening, the Center hosts its Youth Meal Night, a safe space to meet with LGBTQIA friends, enjoy a...

Visit the new bee mural on the back wall of 342 Hayes St, anytime, free Visit the new bee mural...

This stunning 3-story-high up-close-and-personal depiction of a single bee gathering pollen has just been completed. It...

Free internet and computer use open to the community at the Prince Hall Computer Learning Center, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays Free internet and...

 Need access to a computer to write a resume and cover letter? Want to do research on the Internet for a project...

Free performance of live Russian, Ukrainian and Gypsy music, at the Western Addition Branch of the SF Public Library, Saturday, April 23, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free performance of...

Join musicians Grigoriy Krumik and Clark Welsh for a concert at the Western Addition Branch of the SF Public Library....



TheWesternEdition.com  | Copyright ©2010-2016, all rights reserved  | Terms of use