I glanced out the window and saw a mother turkey and ten poults slowly pecking their way through the grass. Good, i thought, they are eating ticks.
I was happy for the turkeys and happy for myself, but a bit too gleeful about the demise of the ticks.
As we delve down in our feelings of happiness, we can contemplate whether a certain situation is good for everyone concerned. Does my child's benefit cost another child something?
My happiness for the turkeys is perhaps mostly for my own benefit: fewer ticks. This sort of happiness looks like the real thing, but it has the tinge of self-interest. We could call it the "near enemy" because of its decoy nature.
On the other hand, this is Nature: turkeys eat ticks. And equanimity is accepting life as it is. Right here, right now. Without any opinions.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Turkeys in the Lawn
Posted by Cheryl Wilfong at 9:20 AM
Labels: benefit, death, equanimity, happiness, nature, near enemy, opinion, tick, turkey
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