The Beggar

The-Gold-In-the-BoxA 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!


22 thoughts on “The Beggar

  1. The problem is that many people are mentally lazy, not want to exit from their comfort zone or abandon negative attitudes or bad habits. The box with gold is only for the curious brave ones. Without curiosity nothing is explored , without bravery nothing is done.

  2. Reblogged this on AngieTrafford and commented:
    I tend to shy away from religious people or stories… But this one seems to be more about looking at yourself than about any spiritual being influencing your life. I do think people often miss something about themselves that might be of some use.

  3. Sometimes those sitting on the box, need a little help up. What happens when you don’t get that help? From my personal experience, you loose hope & faith, to even try. They tell me I’m one of the lucky one’s, though I don’t quality for any help or assistance with my disability. There’s no where to go but down.

    1. I am not sure your situation, but I live with a disability as well: secondary progressive MS. I had to find an entirely new profession. I reinvented myself and you can do the same. And losing hope is a choice. I cannot do the things I once did but I refuse to give in to this disease. I work each day to stay strong, exercise my mind and spirit. You gotta do it for you, no one takes care of you, like yourself. Just a thought.

  4. Who helped you change your profession? I’ve been trying to go back to school or work for 2yrs. I don’t qualify for most help cause I make to much money from social security. So now I’m stuck in poverty, trying to get out anyway I can, on my own.

    1. I helped myself 100%. Like I said, I do not know your entire situation. But I developed a plan, cut my home budget to only absolute necessities, saved money and worked hard. I still don’t have cable or satellite, rarely eat out, shop at discount stores and live below my means.

      1. I’ve already done most of what you suggested, nor do I have cable. I mostly eat beans & rice once a day. Going to have to sell my car soon, cause I can’t pay to get it fixed. About the only way I can see is to go homeless or live out of my car, if I can get it fixed, till I can get back on my feet again. Thanks for your help.

      2. Thank you for the listening ear. That means the world to me.
        I’m sorry I don’t feel much like talking this evening, as I’ve had another sudden blow to my life today. Please forgive me.

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