I don’t measure myself against others. I sincerely rejoice in the good fortune of others.
If I were to credit one person with my attitude, it would be Sharon Salzberg, whom I met many years ago at an Insight Meditation Society retreat. She introduced me to Metta (lovingkindness Korean: 자 Chinese: 慈 Pali: मेत्ता). In her talk, Sharon says “Everyone wants to be happy. Everyone gets to play.”
I’ve received a few comments that people feel intimidated by how much I study. They feel jealous that I am progressing faster than they are.
You are most likely wrong if you think I am doing better than you, because I really struggle to pin myself down for studying. Sure, I play around with learning things, and I am making Korean friends. Yet often I only managed to get in 15 minutes of focused study. My goal is two 15 minute sessions a day. (I’m a kid at heart, half an hour of play is easy to do 🙂
Trust me, you won’t feel better if I am less successful in my studies. Haha
It is better that we all support each other in our studies. Don’t worry about how others are progressing. I want you to be happy. I want you to playfully learn.
In the spirit of lovingkindness, I send you these wishes:
May your mind be at ease
May you be well
May you learn
May you be happy
May you be compassionate to yourself and others