Sharing a story that my mother came across in Tamil, the gist is translated from Tamil to English by my mother and me , it illustrates the value of contentment.
CONTENTMENT is the realization of what you have ….
Once a king asked his minister that in spite of having everything I want, still my mind is not at peace. My doorman though he has nothing, seems always happy. Sometimes I feel jealous of him!
The minister told ,why don’t you try the game of 99 with him.
The king asked what is the game of 99?
I never heard of such a game. Something new?
The Minister told him, just put 99 gold coins in a bag and keep it in front of your house with a note saying here is a gift of 100 gold coins for you . Then watch what happens!
The king did as mentioned. A servant of the king passed by and noticed it. Finding the note and gold coins the servant’s joy knew no bounds. He started counting the coins. Finding one short, he thought it must have fallen somewhere nearby.
He and his whole family started searching for the missing gold coin. Full night went in searching. By morning the frustration of not finding the single missing coin overtook the joy of getting 99 coins. He became angry and started shouting at them.
He came to work with a dejected look. He started cursing himself for his bad luck of loosing one gold coin.
The king who was watching all this understood the game of 99.
In life also we forget all the 99 blessings God has given us n start feeling sad or upset for the one thing we do not have!
In becoming mindful…
We become aware to realize all we have
We learn to count our blessings.