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the Kings 4 Wives (standard:Inspirational stories, 483 words)
Author: akaleeAdded: Dec 14 2002Views/Reads: 3170/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
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Once upon a time there was a rich king who had four wives. He loved his
fourth wife the most and adorned her with riches. He also loved his 
third wife and was always showing her off to neighboring kingdoms. 
However, he always feared that she would leave him. His second wife was 
kind and considerate and his trusted confidante and advisor in 
difficult times. Wife number one was devoted and loyal and although she 
loved him deeply, he was not so interested and tended to ignore her. 

One day, the king fell ill and knew his time was short. He thought of
his luxurious life and feared being alone when he died. He asked his 
fourth 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!" she replied and walked away 
without another word. The sad king then asked the third wife, "I have 
loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep 
me company? " "No!" she replied. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm 
going to remarry!" 

He then asked the second 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!" she 
replied. "At the very most, I can help with your funeral." 

Then a voice called out to the king in his sadness: "I'll leave with you
and follow you no matter where you go." The king looked up and there 
was his first wife. She was so skinny and undernourished. Greatly 
grieved, the king said, "I should have taken much better care of you 
when I had the chance!" 

In truth, we all have four wives in our lives. Our fourth wife is our
body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look 
good, it'll leave us when we die. Our third wife is our possessions, 
status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others. Our second 
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. And our 
first wife is our soul, often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and 
pleasures of the ego. However, our soul is the only thing that will 
follow us wherever we go. 

The moral: Look after your body and keep it healthy so you can live life
to its fullest. Enjoy your possessions and the comfort they provide. 
Cherish your friends and family and the love they provide. But don't 
forget to nourish your soul--it is the source of all your life and your 
most faithful friend.


   


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