The Needs and Desires

The Needs and Desires

Once upon a time there lived a king who was neither happy nor satisfied despite his luxurious lifestyle. One day the king came upon a servant who was singing happily while working. This fascinated the king, for he, the greatest ruler on earth, was unhappy and sad, while a lowly servant was very happy. The king asked the servant why are you so happy?

The man replied, “Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but I and my family do not need much, just a roof over our heads and hot food to fill our bellies.” The king was not satisfied with this answer. At the end of the day, he sought advice from his most trusted advisor. After hearing the king’s distress and the servant’s story, the adviser said, “Your Highness, I am sure the servant has not been made part of the 99 club.”

“The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?” The king inquired. The adviser replied, “Maharaj, to find out what the 99 club is, put 99 gold coins in a bag and leave it at the doorstep of this servant.” So the king ordered him to do it. The servant saw the bag and took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he gave a great shout of joy, so many gold coins! He started counting them. After several counts, he was finally convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, “What could have happened to that last gold coin? Surely something.”

He looked everywhere, but that last coin was missing. Finally, exhausted, he decided he had to work harder than ever to earn a gold coin and complete his collection. From that day, Khadim’s life changed. He was overworked, extremely grumpy, and scolded his family for not helping him make the 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while working. The king was surprised to see this great change. When he asked his counselor for help, the counselor said,”Your majesty, Khadim has now officially joined the 99 club.”

There are those who have enough to be happy but are never satisfied, because they are always yearning and striving for that extra 1 and saying to themselves, “Let me have that one last thing and then I I will be happy all my life.”

Moral: We can be happy with very little in our lives, but the moment we are given something bigger and better, we want more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt those around us, all as the price of our growing needs and desires. We should learn to balance our needs and wants in order to enjoy a happy life with what we already have

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