The Beggar

Originally posted in February 2015:

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


23 thoughts on “The Beggar

  1. Good post – and I totally agree. One time I was downtown and a homeless man with a dog asked if I had any change to spare – and at that very moment I was digging around in my wallet trying to find change for the parking meter. It turned out I didn’t have any change so I said “No – do you have any change? – I need some for the meter” and he told me “That’s a turn of events” He gave me some change and I gave him some dollar bills.

  2. Enjoyed this story very much. I think it’s also about belief. Not everyone believes they could hold such value, especially if they’ve been told otherwise or if they’ve never become familiar with what they have within. I too try to help people see what they to offer. Your blog has an amazing premise. And thanks so much for liking my blog. I feel worthy this morning 😉

  3. Nice story! We often complain about how well others are doing and forget our own potential, then all we need is a little pat on back telling us to go ahead and take chances for its our life and no failure is permanent! 🙂 thank you for stopping by on my blog a follow back from my side! 😀

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