|The Sage (standard:fantasy, 481 words)|
|Author: Armadillo woman||Added: Dec 11 2005||Views/Reads: 1647/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|To find what you really need, first you must realize what it is that you lack.|
The Sage sat alone on the hilltop overlooking the world below. She was visited often by friends and strangers who sought her wisdom. However, so very deep and dark were her own secrets, that her eyes, now clouded over with blindness, were no longer able to look within her own soul. Her only joy came from helping others, then being left alone. One day when the Wind came by for a visit, as he often did, he asked the old woman what she would wish for if she had only one wish which was certain to be granted. The old woman thought for a time and replied, "I would wish for what I need most." Then the Wind, thinking that was indeed a strange wish, went away. And again the old woman was left alone. The next morning the old woman arose to the gentle sounds of an infant softly mewing from a basket on the front stoop. Quite concerned, the old woman took the infant into her home to tend to it; thinking surely whoever left it there would return soon to claim it. The infant, a baby girl, grew over the months and years, and no one seemed to know to whom she rightfully belonged. As a child can be, she was often demanding and cranky, but just as often loving and giving. She would help the old woman with the household chores and bring her peace as evening would fall and loneliness would have normally settled upon the hearth. The old woman continued to advise all who would ask of her. But still within her own heart where troubling thoughts. Until one day the child was finally grown into a lovely young woman; with hair of gold, eyes the color of the sky, and skin with the beauty of fine porcelain. That evening the young woman said to the old woman, "Why are your eyes so clouded over with blindness to the needs of your own soul when you have the ability to help so many others?" Truly the old woman had no answer to this question, for no one had ever asked her this before. She thought about this for days and days, when finally one day the Wind stopped by for a long-awaited visit. The old woman said, "Wind, why have you been gone so long?" The Wind replied, "I have been serching the whole world over to find you that one thing you need; that I might fulfill your only wish". Suddenly the old woman knew the answer to the young woman's question. "Wind," she said, "I already have the one thing I need. She came to me the night you left on your quest. She has brought me love and happiness, and has started me thinking about the condition of my own soul. And this was surely the one thing I needed." The end Tweet
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