a story that I thought belongs here

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  1. dilloduck

    dilloduck Diamond Member

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    Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives.
    He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes
    and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the
    He also loved the 3rd 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 2nd wife. She was his confidant and was always
    kind, considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a
    problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the
    difficult times.
    The King's 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great
    contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he
    did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly
    took notice of her!
    One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He
    thought of his luxurious life and wondered, "I now have four wives with me,
    but when I die, I'll be all alone."
    Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I have loved you the most, endowed
    you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that
    I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"
    "No way!", replied the 4th wife, and she walked away without
    another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.
    The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you all my
    life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"
    "No!", replied the 3rd wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to
    remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold.
    He then asked the 2nd wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you've
    always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?"
    "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!", replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only
    walk with you to your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the
    King was devastated.
    Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matterwhere you go." The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the King said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"
    In truth, we all have the 4 “wives” in our lives: 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 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others. Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
    Our 1st wife is our Soul and our Spiritual Life; often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us
    that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout Eternity.
    Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray.

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