Saturday, March 28, 2009

from Dr.Lydia Tansinsin

Once upon a time there was a rich King who had
four wives...
He loved the 4th wife the most and adored her with rich robes and treated her
to the finest of delicacies He gave her nothing but the best...
He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to
neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for
He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidant and was always kind,
considerate and patient with him. Whenever the
King faced a problem, he
could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult

The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great
contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not
love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of
One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short.
He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, I now have four wives
with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone."
Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I loved you the most, endowed you with
the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying,
will you follow me and keep me company?"
"No way!", replied the 4th wife, and she walked away without another
Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.

The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I loved you all my life. Now that
dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!",
replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to
His heart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and
you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep
me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this
time!", replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only walk with
you to your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the
King was devastated.

Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no
where you go." The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was
very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved,
the King said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the

In truth, we all have the 4 wives in our lives:

Our 4th wife
is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish
in making it look good, it will leave us when we die.

Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all
go to others.

Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been
there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth,
power and pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing
that will follow us where ever we go...
Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us
that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout

Thought for the day:
Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect
position to pray...
Pass this on to someone you care about - I just
Being happy doesn't mean everything's
perfect. It means you've
decided to see beyond the imperfections...


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