There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.” So she did and she had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
“H-M-M,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.” So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
“Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.” So she did and she had a fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head.
“YEA!” she exclaimed, “I don’t have to fix my hair today!”
Human life is an evolving set of circumstances. Parents grow accustomed to having children at home, but one day, the youngsters leave to make a life of their own. Workers get accustomed to a particular job, but one day, they might be laid-off or required to move elsewhere. Residents in towns get accustomed to a longstanding community feel, but a big retailer or corporate employer moves in and changes everything. People grow older and discover they aren’t doing the same activities they did 50 years ago. It can feel like the woman in the above story losing the hairs on her head one strand at a time. But, like the woman, instead of seeing loss, we should look for the gain.
It’s inevitable that the human mind part with all attachment to material things, people, places and circumstances and find its joys in Spirit.
For those who cling to life in matter, the unavoidable movement from matter to Spirit will feel and look like loss. But for those who understand life in Spirit, what the materially minded see as loss, the spiritually minded find to be gain.