An Original Motivational Moral Story
The Man that Lost all His Money
Once upon a time there lived a man, that from the moment he could speak, talked about his lost money. He told anyone and everyone who would listen about his lost money.
As he grew up the little boy spent all his days searching for that lost money. He would search here and there, up high and down below, he searched behind old tree trunks and under large stones but all his searching turn up nothing.
The little boy grew into a teenager and became obsessed looking for his elusive lost money. Most of the villagers thought the boy a little mad and didn’t give him much attention, all except for one, a little old lady always kept a keen eye on the young boy.
He had turned over every rock and searched behind every old tree trunk many times by now, but all still in vain. And all this time the little old lady watched on in deep thought.
As time went on, the boy grew into a man, found himself a wife, married and had three children. He worked as a local blacksmith and became very good at what he did. As he steadily grew ever older he gradually forgot about his lost money and all that endless searching.
For the first time our hero found a peace and quietness, and an enjoyment in his everyday life. He loved his wonderful children dearly and enjoyed his work as a blacksmith immensely. And the thought of his lost money was forgotten.
It was at this stage in our hero’s life, that the little old lady, who had watched with eagerness how our hero had searched for his money, was called away on official government business.
The little old lady was called to the long standing king of the area. She had been his most trusted advisor when young, and now he need her wisdom more than ever. The neighbouring kingdom were a blood thirsty and greedy bunch intent on trouble, and had begun to turn their eyes towards his kingdom.
The old lady advised weapons of steel to be made and that every man and women in the kingdom who could fight must be armed. She also knew just the man to make those swords.
Our hero quickly became inundated with orders and before long was employing workers to carry out the work. His reputation grew and grew along with the size of his workshop. He soon franchised out his business and before long, the man who had lost all his money became the wealthiest man in the district.
The moment our hero stopped searching, and so desperately wanting that money, accepting things just as they were, it is then that money found him.
Author: Dhamma Tāpasā*
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Moral of the Story:
In our lives it seems the more we want something the more it slips further away from us. This is because of something called attachment. And in life we can either attach to either the negative or the positive. Both however are constructs of your intelligence. From imaginations and memories, memories of past events and imaginings of how it should or could be for you. We need to learn to let go and live in the moment.
As humans we all experience the world around us through our 5 senses, that of hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing or feeling. These experiences are felt in only 3 ways inside our consciousness, they can either be positive, negative or natural. The neutral has no effect on us but both the positive and negative do cause is problems.
We suffer in life because of this intellect of ours, we attach to either those negative or positive experiences based on memories of past or imaginings of future events. We are stuck in our heads and forget the wider world around us. We resist sometimes becoming consumed by the negative and consumed by the longing for the positive, we don’t like this, we like this, I want that but don’t want the other.
When it comes to money the attachment can be strong. For most of us this attachment is wanting for more. However if you truly want a fatter bank balance you need to learn to let go of your intellect and just be. Become rooted in this present moment and resist the temptation to wallow in past dramas or dream of futures yet to be.
The more we attach ourselves the more problems we create, the more we can let go and be happy with whatever comes along that’s when the entire world seems to open up and give her life altering gifts.
This is now known and understood in the west as the law of attraction.
*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. An inspirational positive life purpose & Motivational coach who Teaches Meditation & mindfulness techniques through the art of his original moral stories. Dhamma Tāpasā is able to capture our imaginations whilst teaching us valuable moral principles and deepening our understanding of the human consciousness, motivating and inspiring us to face our everyday problems with a renewed energy and vigour.