The Beggar


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.

Dream Big, Dream Often

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…

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