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How To Make A Good Life: Life Lesson Story

Once upon a time in a kingdom far away, there lived a king who, despite having every luxury at his disposal, was never truly happy or content.

One sunny day, as the king strolled through his kingdom with his faithful ministers, they happened upon a farmer. This farmer was toiling away in his field, a smile on his face and a song in his heart. The king was intrigued by this simple man’s boundless joy.

Puzzled, the king approached the farmer and asked, “Who are you, and why are you so cheerful?”

The farmer, without a hint of sadness in his eyes, replied, “Your Majesty, I am but a common man. My family and I need very little to find happiness – a meal for the day and a roof over our heads.”

Despite the farmer’s clear contentment, the king found himself unsatisfied with the answer. On their way back to the palace, he turned to his ministers and said, “Did you see how happy that farmer was? Why is it that I, with all my wealth and power, cannot find such happiness?”

One of his wise ministers replied, “Your Majesty, I believe the farmer is not a member of the ’99 Club.'”

Curious, the king inquired, “The ’99 Club’? What is that?”

The minister explained, “To understand the ’99 Club,’ you must first place 99 gold coins in a bag and leave it on the farmer’s doorstep.”

Intrigued, the king followed his minister’s advice. He left a bag filled with 99 gold coins at the farmer’s door.

Life Lesson Story

When the farmer returned home after a long day of work and discovered the bag, his joy knew no bounds. He counted each gold coin meticulously, overwhelmed with gratitude. However, as he counted, he noticed that there were only 99 coins. One was missing.

Fearing it had fallen somewhere outside, he searched high and low but couldn’t find the missing coin. Exhausted and frustrated, he decided to work even harder to earn that elusive 100th coin.

Days turned into weeks, and the farmer’s once joyful demeanor faded. He became obsessed with finding that one coin, working tirelessly day and night. His once harmonious family life soured, as he grew irritable and criticized them for not helping him reach his goal.

One day, the farmer’s wife spent two gold coins on household expenses, and it led to a heated argument between them.

The king, noticing the drastic change in the farmer’s demeanor during a subsequent visit, asked his minister for an explanation. The minister responded, “Your Majesty, the farmer has now become a member of the ’99 Club.’ This club is for those who have plenty to be happy about but remain discontent, forever yearning for just a bit more, believing that one last thing will bring them happiness.”

The king finally understood that true happiness lay in contentment. The never-ending pursuit of more, without appreciating what one already possessed, only led to unhappiness and discontent.

The king realized that joining the ’99 Club’ came at the cost of one’s peace and happiness.

Lesson From The Story:

Reflecting on our own lives, we may find that we often belong to the ’99 Club.’ We tend to focus on what we lack rather than appreciating what we have. Just like having 32 teeth, which we often take for granted until one is lost, our minds tend to fixate on our shortcomings and life’s imperfections.

While it’s essential to strive for improvement and work hard to achieve our goals, it’s equally crucial to relish the present and be grateful for what we already possess. In the words of Buddha, “Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”

True happiness, as expressed by Lao Tzu, is found in contentment: “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

So, remember that in life’s journey, it’s not just about the destination but also about finding joy along the way. The best kind of happiness comes from being thankful and content, for happiness is not in having more but in being content with what we already have.

>>You can also read the article on Finding Happiness in Tough Times

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