Most of us think of greed as a bad thing, like having lots of money and not using any to help others, or knowing skills that we never share freely but instead always charge for. I often think of Daffy Duck with his three wishes from the genie when he says “Consequences, somnequences as long as I’m rich.” But just because a few boneheads have spoiled the idea of greed doesn’t mean it’s really the bad thing it’s made out to be.
In the same way that certain types of stress can be good; Christmas shopping stress, new baby stress, or wedding stress, some types of greed are a good thing. How about the greed to succeed? That motivation some people have to improve, learn, and continually grow. Some mothers selfishly, greedily want to have smart, healthy, well-adjusted children. Some saints are greedy to spread hope, joy and kindness in the world. Mother Theresa comes to mind as a person with an insatiable appetite to do good and help others.
Maybe like me you are ravenous for fun! I am glutton for more laughter, smiles and enjoyment of each day. I continually crave things that make me happy and the awareness of little things that make each day a joy. Warm sunshine, steaming hot fresh-baked cookies, wiggly fuzzy dogs to play with and an unexpected phone call from a friend. I continually indulge in books, movies, walks in the woods and other activities I find pleasurable.
Today, instead of noticing the downside of greed, try and find an example of the positive side. Even if you don’t find any it will change your focus on what you see around you and hopefully help you find the brighter side of life.