The Wishes





Once upon a time, there was a good Spirit who worked selflessly for his master and mistress. With time, he got very attached to them. He loved them so much that he decided to stay with them much longer.

Jealous of him, the other spirits provoked their Chief against him. The mischievous Chief ordered the Spirit to go and serve in a house in the far-off Norway.

Before leaving, the Spirit spoke to his Master, “I do not know for what fault I am being sent away, but to leave this place is in my destiny.

However, I can fulfill three wishes of yours before I go.”

Without losing any time, the Master wished for riches and wealth. It was promptly fulfilled. The wealth brought along the fear of thieves, beggars and taxes by the King. The Master lost his peace and was always worried, ill-tempered and unhealthy. He then made his second wish, to be a simple, ordinary man again. The Spirit made him ordinary, again.

The Master finally made his last wish and asked for wisdom, peace of mind and a life free of worries.

Peace of mind is more valuable than all the wealth in the world.

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