|11-15-2006, 10:33 PM||#1|
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a long meaningful story
It's a bit long..but it's worth it... It is very true, read on if you are bored and have time.
Long ago, there lived a King. This King should have been contented with
life, given all the riches and luxuries he had. However, this was not the
case! The King always found himself wondering why he just never seemed
content with his life.Sure, he had the attention of everyone wherever he
went, attended fancy dinners and parties, but somehow, he still felt
something was lacking and he couldn't put his finger on it.
One day, the King had woken up earlier than usual to stroll around his
palace. He entered his huge living room and came to a stop when he heard
someone happily singing away... following this singing... he saw that one
of the servants was singing and had a very contented look on his face.
This fascinated the King and he summoned this man to his chambers.
The man, his servant, entered the King's chambers as ordered.
The King asked why he was so happy?
To this the man replied: "Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but I
make enough of a living to keep my wife and children happy. We don't need
too much,a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummy. My wife
children are my inspiration, they are content with whatever little I bring
home. I am happy because my family is happy."
Hearing this, the King dismissed the servant and summoned his Personal
Assistant to his chambers. The King related his personal anguish about his
feelings and then related the story of the servant to his Personal
Assistant, hoping that somehow, he will be able to come up with some
reasoning that here was a King who could have anything he wished for at a
snap of his fingers and yet was not contented, whereas, his servant,
so little was extremely contented.
The Personal Assistant listened attentively and came to a conclusion.He
said "Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of
The 99 Club."
"The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?" the King inquired.
To which the Assistant replied, "Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99
Club is, you will have to do the following... place 99 Gold coins in a bag
and leave it at this servant's doorstep, you will then understand what The
99 Club is."
That very same evening, the King arranged for 99 Gold coins to be placed
in a bag at the servant's doorstep. Although he was slightly hesitant
and he thought he should have put 100 Gold coins into the bag, but since
his assistant had advised him to put 99, that is what he did.
The servant was just stepping out of his house when he saw a bag at his
doorstep. Wondering about its contents, he took it into his house and
opened the bag. When he opened the bag, he let out a great big shout of
joy... Gold Coins...so many of them.
He could hardly believe it. He called his wife to show her the coins. He
then took the bag to a table and emptied it out and began to count the c
oins.Doing so, he realised that there were 99 coins and he thought it was
an odd number so he counted again, and again and again only to come to
the same conclusion...99 Gold Coins.He began to wonder, what could have
happened to that last 1 coin? For no one would leave 99 coins.
He began to search his entire house, looked around his backyard for
hours, not wanting to lose out on that one coin. Finally, exhausted, he
decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to make up for
that 1 Gold coin to make his entire collection an even 100 Gold Coins. He
got up the next morning, in an extremely horrible mood, shouting at the
children and his wife for his delay, not realizing that he had spent most
of the night conjuring ways of working hard so that he had enough money to
buy himself that gold coin. He went to work as usual - only not in his
usual best mood, singing happily - as he grumpily did his daily errands.
Seeing the man's attitude change so drastically, the King was puzzled.He
promptly summoned his assistant to his chambers. The King related his
thoughts about the servant and once again, his assistant listened. The
King could not believe that the servant who until yesterday had been
singing away and was happy and content with his life had taken a sudden
change of attitude, even though he should have been happier after
receiving the gold coins.
To this the assistant replied "Ah! but your Majesty, the servant has now
officially joined The 99 Club." He explained: "The 99 Club is just a
name given to those people who have everything but yet are never
therefore they are always working hard and striving for that extra 1 to
round it out to 100! We have so much to be thankful for and we can live
with very little in our lives, but the minute we are given something
bigger and better, we want even more! We are not the same happy contented
person we used to be, we want more and more and by wanting more and more
don't realize the price we pay for it.We lose our sleep, our happiness,
hurt the people around us just as a price to pay for our growing needs
and desires. That is what joining The 99 Club is all about."
Hearing this the King decided that from that day onwards, he was going to
start appreciating all the little things in life. Striving for more is
always good, but let's not strive so hard and for so much that we lose all
those near and dear to our hearts, we shouldn't compromise our happiness
for moments of luxuries!
So...u wanna join the club??
Ma Sis : Sakatsu, Bubblezio
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