The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

Create a Bookmark

Self-pity is the worst enemy of man. Although sometimes it gives a tender sensation in the heart to say, "Oh, how poorly I am", and it is soothing to hear from someone, "Oh, I am so sorry you are not well", yet I should think that one would prefer if another thing were said in sympathy, namely, "I am so happy to see you are so well." In order to create that tender sensation one need not be ill; what is needed is to be thankful. We can never be too thankful. If we can appreciate the privileges of life there are endless gifts from above which we never think about and we never value. If we think of them thankfully, naturally a tenderness is felt; and it is that tenderness which is worth having.