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For this month’s Philanthropy Matters I once again draw on the visual wisdom of Hugh MacLeod.

I recently met with a friend who has all the trappings of success. Health, happy family, successful career, financial independence, etc. and a laser like focus on constant self-improvement – but even then, with all his success, he shared with me that there was something … missing.

I couldn’t help but think that perhaps the answer to my friend’s search could be found in Hugh’s, “The Best Feelings Are Part of Something Larger”.

The great contemporary Buddhist teacher Lama Marut has a very nice maxim:

“If you want be happy, think about other people. If you want to be miserable, think about just yourself.”

This is also what the great Judean teacher Jesus of Nazareth meant when he said that it was more blessed to give than to receive.

It isn’t blessed because it makes you more virtuous in the eyes of God, it’s blessed because it makes you much more emotionally happy in the long run.

Not to mention, it’s a kind of happiness that lasts longer and seems more real, somehow.

Most of us know this to be true in our spiritual lives.

I believe that if we can realize this in our work lives as well, then we are truly fortunate.

This is what this drawing means to me.