Life offers many opportunities for self-improvement. If more people
were eager to improve their personalities in addition to their
intellectual acumen and material prosperity, they and the people they
interact with would certainly be happier. It is unfortunate that so few
people consider self-improvement as an important goal in life. In fact, I believe that such a desire only comes to one after a certain stage in
their spiritual evolution has been reached. Until then, we will feel
that it is easier to make external improvements, including improving
others rather than ourselves.
I believe that the, "Only when we become
aware of the burden of our own ego will we be able to remove our faults.
At present, we cannot bear someone else's ego or mistakes, but ours is
all right. "My ego is beautiful, but his is ugly." This is the attitude
most of us have, and it should go."
In other words, we must become aware of our own minds before we can
make ourselves and others happy. There is an amusing prayer that goes,
"Dear God, please help me be the person my dog thinks i am!" Dogs, as we
all know, love their masters regardless of what type of person they
are. Dogs think their master is perfect in every way. If only we were!