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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Being pleased with simple stuff

Received this short story as email forward and I felt like posting it here

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There was once a wise man who lived simply. His spartan food habits reflected this. He had a friend who, being a sycophant of the king, lived in great luxury. One day this friend called on the wise man while he was eating.

Looking at the food, the friend said, "My friend, if you can please the king like me, you will be free from this wretched food."

The wise man smiled and replied, "My friend, if you can be pleased with this simple food, you can be free from the wretched job of pleasing the king."

-- Anonymous

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In a very few words, the story relates a significantly crucial facet of life. We spend our lives running after money (working our ass off or in some cases taking the corrupt path of amassing wealth) so that we can enjoy the so-called luxuries of life which constitute dining in expensive restaurants, living in expensive houses, owning expensive gadgets, travelling in expensive cars / planes etc and shopping extravagantly on expensive branded stuff.

Things which are not really necessary to life … not even necessary for happiness

BUT we attach 'happiness' to them and forever remain unhappy!

Might sound a bit philosophical but do give it a minute's thought !!

 

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