It’s hard not to notice if friends and family have flown a little higher than we have. The comparison between the success of other people and our own career can bring about unpleasant feelings, and we may even start to hide ourselves away from other people. But, behind such feelings lies the question of what the real value of our life is: money and material possessions or spiritual achievement. In Zen Buddhism, such comparisons are regarded as an illusion. There is a saying that the most valuable thing is the cool wind, a reminder that we often forget to enjoy the beauty and benefit of our surroundings. Shifu Ming Hai advises those who feel inadequate when comparing themselves to others to face their fears. By spending time with people regardless of their wealth and success you can learn to better see that comparisons are merely created in your own mind.