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Drops of OIL and the Secret of Happiness….
A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world. The lad wandered through the desert for forty days, and finally came upon a beautiful castle, high atop a mountain. It was there that the wise man lived. Rather than finding a saintly man though, our young lad, on entering the main room of the castle, saw a hive of activity: tradesmen came and went, people were conversing in the corners, a small orchestra was playing soft music, and there was a table covered with platters of the most delicious food in that part of the world. The wise man listened attentively to the boy’s explanation of why he had come, but told him that he didn’t have just then to explain the secret of happiness.


He suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours. “Meanwhile, I want to ask you to do something,” said the wise man, handing the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil. “As you wander around, carry this spoon without allowing the oil to spill.” The boy began climbing and descending the many stairways of the castle, keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon. After two hours, he returned to the room where the wise man was.

“Well”, said the wise man, “did you see the Persian tapestries that are hanging in the dining hall? Did you see the garden that took the master gardener 10 years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?” The boy was embarrassed, and confessed that he had observed nothing. His only concern had been not to spill the oil that the wise man had entrusted to him..
“Then go back and observe the marvels of my world”, said the wise man. Relieved, the boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens and the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen.
“But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?”, asked the wise man. Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone. “Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you”, said the wisest of wise men. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon..”

This story serves as just a little reminder that while we get all caught up in the frenzy of work and assignments, we mustn’t forget about the “drops of oil”, the things in life that really matter… friends, family, stuffed toys… and the ties that bind . . .




2 responses

  1. n

    Ilse, tu parles francais, wow, I didn’t know.  beau background pour ton blog,  well that is a surprise, I wasn’t sure it was the right name, but I really saw Ilse,  tu tu ecris tres bien ma chere amie.  You know Im glad you had help with your background, so did I, Francois does them for  me, bless his heart.  Very nice story, we must never forget about what’s really important in life, for sure.  Love you dear Ilse,  have a great night .

    November 6, 2007 at 18:56

  2. Sweet

    i Love You Ilse. Your post here looks so great. It looks like royality or something. Super. I love this blog trick, it makes the blog like an artists canvas besides the creative medium of using words, now you can create an atmosphere behind the words or around them,…
    It’s like going to a circus when you see the clowns and the glittery girls and the spinning acrobats, the elephants and tigers,… and you’re sitting there in awe trying to take in the whole thing all at once, and your heart is filled with joy, and you can’t stop smiling…. 
    I’m glad I could share my ‘blog glory’ with you Ilse! It makes it better for every one!
    Hope You Have The Best Day!
    Bravo, Cheers and Kuduos 2 U Dear Friend!

    November 8, 2007 at 15:50

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