The Beggar

A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for thirty years.
One day a stranger walked by.    “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar.
“I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger.
Then he asked: “What’s that you’re sitting on?”
“Nothing, ” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I’ve been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.”
“Ever look inside?,” asked the stranger.    
“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point, there’s nothing in there.”
“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.
The beggar, reluctantly, managed to pry open the lid. 
With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.


I cannot recall if this story was from Hinduism or Buddhism, but the story itself is one that makes frequent appearances in my mind.  I can even “hear” Jesus’ message when I read this story.  I typically stay away from religious references, but this story perfectly illustrates a thought I have had the last few days.  Why do so many people waste away while they sit on skills that would allow them to reach any goal they set?  I wish more people realized they are the solution to their own problems!

Big Dreamer


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