It is important to recognize self-attachment as soon as it arises. Try it out at the dinner table when you go home today. When all the dishes are set out, don’t fall into the habit of only being concerned with what you want to eat. The more you are concerned with others, the happier you will be. When we are concerned about others and solicitous about their needs, they respond in kind, and this makes us happy; it’s just that simple. You can see that it’s the same with your dog; if you treat him well, he becomes your best friend.
~ Khangser Rinpoche ~