Can you give like this?

I love story illustrations.  And sometimes they are better without lengthy explanations.  Just causing us to think is often a refreshing break in the busyness of our daily lives.

A monk who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.  The next day he met anotherwise-man traveler who was hungry, and the monk opened his bag to share his food.  The hungry traveler saw the precious stone in the monk’s bag, admired it, and asked the monk to give it to him.  The monk did so without hesitation.

The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune.  He knew the jewel was worth enough to give him security for the rest of his life.

But a few days later he came back searching for the monk.  When he found him, he returned the stone and said, “I have been thinking.  I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back to you in the hope that you can give me something much more precious.  If you can, give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.”

(from The Best of Bits and Pieces, 1944, The Economics Press, Inc.)

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