Wealth unused might as well not exist

Written on April 14, 2014 | by Faris Pallackal

Once upon a time there was a Miser who hid all his gold at the foot of a tree in his garden. Every week he used to go and dig it up and look at it for hours.

A robber, who had noticed this, went and dug up the gold and decamped with it. When the Miser next came to gloat over his treasures, he found nothing but the empty hole. He tore his hair, and raised such an outcry that all the neighbors came around him, and he told them how he used to come and visit his gold.

“Did you ever use any of your gold” asked one of them.

“No,” said the miser, “I just looked at it every week.”

“Then come again and look at the hole,” said a neighbor; “it will do you just as much good.”

It is not by our money, but by the capacity for enjoyment that we are rich or poor. To strive for wealth and have no capacity for enjoyment is to be like the bald man who struggles to collect combs.

~ Aesop Fable retold by Anthony De Mello

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