Pic.: Yojana Singh
“Life becomes easier when you learn to accept
an apology you never got.”
- Robert Brault
I heard someone telling this old story, once again, today”
Once, there was a King, who had never ventured out of the luxury of his palace. So, one day, he decided to experience the life outside his palace. Surrounded by his ministers and Generals, he set out on a week-long tour around his kingdom.
By the time the King returned to his palace, he sensed unbearable pain in his feet… The roads have been rough and treacherous. So, as soon as he walked into the palace, the King called his ministers and ordered,, “I want every road in my kingdom be covered with leather carpets. It is too painful for me to walk.”
Now, one of King’s advisers mustered enough courage to tell him: “My Lord, is it not wise to cover your own feet with a small piece of leather instead of skinning thousands of cows and wasting millions of rupees?”
The King wasn't concerned about the pain of his people; he was concerned about his own pain… “It is too painful for me to walk,” he had complained.
Likewise, most of us are concerned about our own pain. If so, the remedy for our pain, invariably, is found right beneath our own feet! Yet, we try finding it outside… by covering the streets with leather carpets… Yes, by fixing the world outside!
And, even if we are concerned about others’ pain, the remedy still remains the same: Unless we first find comfort within, we can not find it outside…
Only a happy man can make another man happy!