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Envy - The Golden Windows - Story
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:55:45 AM »

VALUES:  Envy; Dissatisfaction; Contentment

STORY:    One of John’s earliest memories was that of looking across to the other side of the valley in which he lived, and admiring a house that had golden windows. Often he would stop playing and look wonderingly at them and say to himself, “I wish I lived in a house with golden windows; ours are made of just ordinary glass!”

When John reached his eighth birthday, he was thrilled to find that his parents had bought him a brand new bicycle to replace the old one that had become too small for him. He had never cycled more than half a kilometer or so from home before, but now that he was eight, he asked his mom if he could ride across to the other side of the valley. To his great joy, she said “yes” but that he must be very careful. “At last,” he murmured to himself  as he got onto his bike, “now I can go have a close look at the house with the golden windows.”

Twenty minutes later, he was close to the house. He got off his bike and walked up to the fence surrounding the house. To his dismay, he discovered that the windows were not made of gold at all. Far from it! They were made of ordinary glass. John felt so let down. He turned around, got onto his bike and looked up just before setting off. There, across the valley, he could clearly see his house and, to his utter astonishment, the windows of his home gleamed gold in the afternoon sun.


It doesn’t help to be envious or resentful of what others have and to take for granted the blessings that we have. There is a saying “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side”, which means that although something might look better from a distance, when you get up close, you often find it is not.

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