Be Thankful of Our Blessings, Great or Small

I’ve just come across a news article reporting that Jack Ma, the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has admitted in a US television interview that being so wealthy is actually causing him “great pain”.

Whew, it blew my mind because I was thinking if I were in his place I’d be so thrilled as I’d no longer have much to worry about the things I’m anxious about at the moment and that I’d have the freedom to be able to do what I’ve always hoped to, if I were just as financially wealthy as he is. And there’s also one teeny weeny bit of irritation or perhaps envy lurking somewhere inside me as I think that this person should have the luxury of saying that.

On one hand, I understand when he said “Maybe the stock goes so up, maybe people have high expectations on you, maybe I think too much about the future and have too many things to worry about,” — I could imagine such pressure, likewise what he said about “people looking at him differently when he walked down on the street.”

Let us be thankful of all our blessings, great or small...

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Yet how I wish he’d also be thankful for the financial blessings he now has, and be more positive about it, albeit the pressure and changes that go with his new economic status.

But I do not know anything about this man, nor the context by which he spoke about his new-found wealth, so I should just empathize with him, pray for him, and hope his life will indeed be more enriched, not necessarily through his money because indeed fame nor wealth can never buy happiness. I also hope he realizes that others especially the least fortunate in society can be enriched through his good works and projects for them.

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations