Sunday, January 30, 2011

THE 99 CLUB - Article

The 99 Club

Once upon a time there lived a King, who despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.  
One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked.  
This fascinated the King;  why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land,
unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy in his heart?
The King asked the servant, "Why are you so happy?"
The man replied, "Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don't need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies."
Later in the day, the King sought the advice of his most trusted advisor.  
After hearing the King's woes and the servant's story, the advisor said, "Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The 99 Club."
"The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?" the King inquired.
The advisor replied, "Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep."
When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy... so many gold coins!
He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins.
He wondered, "What could've happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!"
He looked  everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive.
Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant's life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin.
He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled.
 When he sought his advisor's help, the advisor said, "Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club."
He continued, "The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they're always yearning and striving for that extra 1 to round it out to 100!

"Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things."