Growing prosperity – three questions
“It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to listen to, and whom to avoid; and, above all, if he always knew what was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything he might undertake.” *
Do you ever think like this? I reckon you might. It is a natural and common desire. Who wouldn’t want to feel confident that every decision they made was good and well timed? In this story Tolstoy provides answers to the kings questions that will open the doors to your prosperity. I hope you enjoy my summary.
Back to the story: The king asks his advisers for their advice, but is not happy with their answers so he seeks out a hermit who lives in the woods. The hermit is digging when the king arrives. The king noticing his frailty takes the spade. He asks his 3 questions. The hermit is silent. The king keeps digging, waiting for the hermit to talk.
A man stumbles into the clearing. He is bleeding profusely. He planned to kill the king but ran into the king’s bodyguards and was injured. Unaware of the man’s intent the king lays him down and cares for him. The man, impressed by the king’s kindness confesses his intent and vows to be the king’s servant for ever more. The king is pleased but still he has no answer to his 3 questions and so asks the hermit again.
The hermit replies: But you have been answered.
If you had not pitied me and dug the ground you would have left these woods and likely met the man on the road and been injured. The most important time was thus the time you were digging the beds. And when the man came stumbling in and you attended to his wounds the most important time was when you were helping him. So there is only one time that is important. That time is Now, for it is the only time over which you have any influence.
That you pitied me and you pitied the man, protected you from getting injured. The most important person is thus the one you are with.
And what is the most important thing to do? Well that is to care. You saw how your caring turned an enemy into a loyal subject.
Yes the above is a story, but if you think back on your day, week and life you will realise its truth. I bet you can recall times when you were fully engaged both in life and with the person beside you, and at these times life seemed bright and problems seemed easier to resolve. This is because you were focused on the present moment, you were attentive the other person, and you cared about them and what you were doing.
You see, it is when we feel safe and cared for that our creativity blooms, so allowing us to find opportunities and solutions we may not otherwise see. In this chaotic time, we need more creativity than normal.
So what were the answers again?
The most important time is now. The most important person is the one you are with. The most important action is to care.
I hope you will apply these as much as you can for then you will see creativity and prosperity gradually increase all around you.
*”The Three Questions”, by Leo Tolstoy
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