Teaching Story - More Precious than Gems
by Life Positive
The next day she met another traveller who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him.
She did so without hesitation.
The traveller left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," he said. "I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious.
Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone."
Takeaway: Children, we vainly struggle to collect more and more toys and books and pretty things, but the more we get the more we want. There is no end to how much we want. As long as we want money and all the things money can buy, we will not be truly free. True freedom emerges from not needing money.
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