Are You Greedy?
May 28, 2010
The 99 Club
Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle,
was neither happy nor content.
One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he
worked. This fascinated the King. Why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the
Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy?
The King asked the servant, "Why are you so happy?"
The man replied, "Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family
and I don't need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to
fill our tummies."
The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the
advice of his most trusted advisor.
After hearing the King's woes and the servant's story, the advisor 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.
The advisor replied, "Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is,
place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep."
When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the
bag, he let out a great shout of joy... So many gold coins!
He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that
there were 99 coins. He wondered, "What could've happened to that last gold
coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!"
He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally,
exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to
earn that gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant's life was changed. He was overworked, horribly
grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold
coin. He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he
sought his advisor's help, the advisor said, "Your Majesty, the servant has
now officially joined The 99 Club."
He continued, "The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough
to be happy but are never content, because they're always yearning and
striving for that extra 1 telling to themselves: "Let me get that one final
thing and then I will be happy for life."
We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we're
given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep,
our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a price for our
growing needs and desires.
That's what called joining The 99 Club!
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Chithambaran T.S. --- India
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