I saw this story and had to share it:
Once upon a time, there was a rich king who had four wives.He loved his 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.He also loved the third wife very much and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.He also loved his second wife. She was his confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the king faced a problem, he would confide in her and she would help him get through the difficult times.The King’s first wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However he did not love her. Although she loved him deeply, he did not take notice of her. One day the King fell ill and was about to die. He thought about his life and wondered ‘Now I have four wives but I’ll be alone when I die’.
So he called his fourth wife and said ‘I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Will you follow me and keep me company?’ She shouted ‘No way!’ and walked away without another word. Her answer pierced his heart.
Then he called his third wife, ‘I loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying will you follow me and keep me company?’ The third wife replied ‘No! When you die i am going to remarry.‘ His heart sank.
He turned to his second wife ‘I have always turned to you for help and you have always been there. When I die, would you go with me?’ She said ‘I’m sorry I can’t help you this time. The best I can do is walk you to your grave.’ The king was devastated.
A voice called out ‘I’ll go with you no matter where you go’. The king looked up and saw His first wife, skinny from malnutrition and regret and the king greatly grieved said ‘I should have taken better care of you when I had the chance’.
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 possessions, status and wealth are our 3rd wife. When we die, it will go to others. Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest hey can stand by us is to walk us to our graves And our 1st wife is our soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.
Our soul is the only thing that would follow us wherever we go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that sticks for eternity.
I learnt back in high school that the road of ‘I don’t care’ would lead you to the house of ‘Had I known’. I’m all for living a life of no regrets. Who’s with me?