The Magic Mustard Seed

Yellow mustard seeds

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A Chinese lady who had lost her only son went to the man of religion in her village and said, “Is there anything you can give me to reduce the pain that I feel?”

“Yes,” he said. “There is a wonderful thing you can do. I want you to go and get me a mustard seed from a home that has no problems. Such a mustard seed can ward off all problems. When you find it, bring it to me and I will use it to relieve your pain.”

So the lady started out and came to a big mansion. Nothing could possibly be wrong here! She knocked on the door, told what she was looking for, and they answered, “You’ve come to the wrong house.” And they told her all their problems.

As she was listening to their problems, she thought, “I know something about problems… Maybe I can help these people with theirs.” So she listened to them; and this helped people.

She kept on searching for her magic mustard seed. But no matter where she went, she could not find that seed. Everyone everywhere had some kind of troubles.

But she really did find the magic mustard seed, because in trying to help others solve their problems, she forgot all about her own.

— Willi Hoffsuemmmer

Sometimes we are so focused on our own pain and problems that we forget that other people have their own heartaches and troubles also. Nobody’s  life is perfect; and just because other people are not facing the exact same kind of problems that we ourselves are facing, that doesn’t give us the right to say, “Oh, then my problems are greater than yours; I deserve more help and sympathy.”

The Bible says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) God encourages us to help one another not only for the other person’s sake, but also for our own. When we stop being so self-centered and start being more compassionate and helpful to others, we inevitably help ourselves too. Remember, a candle doesn’t lose any of its light by lighting another candle.. in fact, in lighting others, it makes the world a brighter place!

As the Dalai Lama said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” God bless.