Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Some time ago, there lived a King.This king should have been contented
with his 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 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 and 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, having so little was extremely
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
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 coins. Doing so, he realized 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 - but 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 contented, 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!
Lesson to learn from this Story:
We are not the same happy contented person we used to be, we want more
and more and by wanting more and more we don't realize the price we pay for it.
We lose our sleep, our happiness; we 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 loses all those near and dear to our hearts, we shouldn't compromise
our happiness for moments of luxuries!
One day long ago, some sailors set out to sea in their sailing ship.
One of them brought his pet monkey along for the long journey.
When they were far out at sea, a terrible storm overturned their ship.
Everyone fell into the sea, and the monkey was sure that he would drown.
Suddenly a dolphin appeared and picked him up.
They soon reached the island and the monkey came down from
the dolphin's back. The dolphin asked the monkey,
"Do you know this place?"
The monkey replied, "Yes, I do. In fact, the king of the island is
my best friend. Do you know that I am actually a prince?"
Knowing that no one lived on the island, the dolphin said,
"Well, well, so you are a prince! Now you can be a king!"
The monkey asked, "How can I be a king?"
As the dolphin started swimming away, he answered,
"That is easy.. As you are the only creature on this island,
you will naturally be the king!"
MORAL Of The Story:
Those who lie and Boast may end up in trouble.