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Found Under Discontentment

Never Satisfied

            A beggar standing on a street corner commented to his friends, “If only I had a hundred dollars, I would never complain again.” A businessman walking by overheard his statement and interrupted the conversation.

            “Excuse me,” the man said. “Did you say if you had a hundred dollars, you would never complain again?”

            The beggar replied, “You heard right, mister.”

            The man pulled out his wallet, handed him a hundred dollars, and said, “I’m glad I can have a small part in bringing happiness to the world.”

            After the man walked away, the beggar turned to his friends and remarked, “I wish I had asked for two hundred dollars!”

            When we become discontented, we’re not satisfied by what we receive because our problem is internal.

[Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 25]

 


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