One day, the King came upon a Servant who was singing happily whilehe worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Rulerof the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly Servant had so much joy. The King asked the Servant, "Why are you so happy?”
The Servant replied, "Your Majesty, I am nothing but a Servant, but myfamily and I dont need too much - just a Roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies." The King was not satisfied with that reply.
Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted Advisor. After hearing the Kings woes and the Servants story, the Advisor said, "YourMajesty, I believe that the Servant has not been made part of The 99 Club."
"The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?" the King inquired. Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is place 99 Gold Coins in a bag and leave it at this Servants doorstep.
When the Servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy... so many Gold Coins! He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 Coins.
He wondered, "What couldve happened to that last Gold Coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 Coins!"
He looked everywhere he could, but that final Coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that Gold Coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the Servants life was changed. He was overworked,horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th Gold Coin. He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his Advisors help, the Advisor said, "Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club."
He continued, "The 99 Club is a name given to those people who haveenough to be happy but are never contented, because theyre alwaysyearning and striving for that extra "1" telling to themselves: "Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life."
We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute were given something bigger and better, we want even more!
We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a Price for our growing needs and desires.
One of the biggest problems we make of life is making it harder than it hasto be. Why do we expect perfection of ourselves and other people? Why is it that we need to always meet or exceed the strict standards we set for ourselves? Many of our standards are higher than they need to be.
Good enough is good enough in life. We dont need to be perfect to dowell. We dont even need to be good or even average at everything. We can even afford to be poor, weak, and even pathetic at some things.
So what is good enough for you? What is it that you could change to take you toanother level of contentment in life? The changes dont have to be grand. We canonly ever do one step at a time anyway. We can talk ourselves out of our dreams if we look too far ahead, wondering how on earth it could all come together.
Our job is to find the courage and simply take the first step. Thenthe next step will be revealed, then the next and so on. Each step will become clear when it is time to do so. Dont worry about anything beyond that. Just take the step in front of you.
Real freedom in life comes when we are relaxed and realistic in our goals. Wisdom rejects perfectionism as a folly forcing happiness in life. Happiness is never forced.
No matter how many people tell you that happiness is complicated, or that it is elusive, you should never forget that happiness is not a complex thing. Rather, it is something you can achieve through simple ways.
Being happy is a choice, it is never a fate or destiny. The decisionto be happy is always in your hands. You will realize that you are now smiling at little things and laughing over funny jokes.
Start being happy today. You need not wait for the right timing or solve a puzzle, because all this time, you have always had the happiness inside you. Let it out and share it!!!!! Thank You Very Much Sompong Yusoontorn
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