A coastal village received an advanced tsunami warning. The siren sent warning sounds throughout the village. Everyone was thrown into a panic from making sure that they have their loved ones with them before fleeing. The richest villager who was a merchant was also on his way to higher ground, having gathered his family and some basic belongings.
However, while fleeing, he found himself thinking about the possessions he had left behind. Eventually, he could not stand the thought of not bringing more money with him. “It sure wouldn’t feel good to have to start from scratch once again,” the merchant muttered to himself at the thought of what would happen after the flood. In a flash, he recalled with a grimace about how hard he had to work for his trade. He remembered that his work had not only brought him great wealth but respect from his fellow villagers.
The merchant decided to turn back. “Maybe, just maybe, there will be enough time to pack a thousand gold coins,” he thought. His wife and four children tried to dissuade him, thinking that he was mad to consider going back. He tried to assure them that he will be fine and that he will catch up with them soon enough. The merchant started to retrace his steps hurriedly. On the return journey back to his home, his friends – who were all running uphill – shouted to him, “Don’t be foolish! You need to flee now!”
Determined to get his gold coins, the merchant ignored all the warnings. He was lucky. He managed to reach his house safely. He ran to his room and took out the hidden tin box from under the bed. Even though he could tell by the weight of the tin box that it contained something heavy, he decided to open the box just to make sure; nonetheless. It was tightly sealed. He managed to pry it open after a few attempts. The sight of the gleaming gold coins made him extremely happy.
As the merchant was about to leave his house with his gold coins, he thought that it would be nice to also bring along the valuable statue displayed in his living room. So, once more, he delayed his decision to flee. He found a sack to carry his worldly possessions. From one item to the next, he started to pack, so much so that he lost track of time and the coming flood.
Needless to say, the merchant did not make it alive. Just before he drowned, he noted with much regret that he would not be able to see his beloved family again. The flood washed away his home. His sack of treasures is still lost somewhere in the open sea.
The message from “The Rich Merchant in a Tsunami” is about not losing our sanity over material things. Losing our sanity happens when we are overly attached to our possessions. On the other hand, if we have an abundance mindset, we would not be having strong attachments to material things. We would know that we have every ability to create work from our rich ideas. Having money does not equate to true wealth but most certainly, having an abundance of ideas does.
The above story is a small peek into the content of my coming book. My book contains short creative stories as well as some well known fables to illustrate learning lessons for us. I like the idea of sharing stories for an understanding of life. What about you? Do you enjoy reading and learning from stories too?
P.S. Artist contribution: Drawing done by Min, the 8-year old art genius in my family. Even though she was dismayed that the story I wrote did not have a happy ending, she was nevertheless delighted to oblige with a picture contribution. Enjoy!!
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