Thursday, April 5, 2012

An Old and Short Story

<img src="the_3_old_men.jgp" alt="Picture of the Three Old Men"/>
One summer day, early in the morning, a woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. They have very wise aspect, but she did not recognize them. She said to the three old men, "I do not think I know you, but you must be hungry and thirsty. Please come in and have something to eat and drink."

"Is the man of the house home?" they respond her with a question. "No, he is out", she said. "He's in this moment at work”, she adds with a smile at her face.

"Then, in this case, we cannot come in," replied the three old men.

In the evening, when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. "Go tell them I am home and invite them in," the husband said.

The woman went out and invited the men in. "We do not go into a house together," they replied. "Why is that?" she wanted to know. One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends, "He is Success” said the old man pointing to another one, “and I am Love" said about him. Then he added, "Please, now go in and discuss with your husband and the rest of the family which one of us you want in your home."

The woman went in and told her husband what was they said. Her husband was overjoyed. "How nice!" he exclaim. "Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come in and fill our home with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success? I think is the most important thing in our lives". Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!"

"You are completely right. I think our daughter-in-law's advice is the right thing," said the husband to his wife. "Go out and invite to our house Love to be our guest."

The woman went out and asked the three old men, "Which one of you is Love? “I am Love” respond one of them. “Please come in and be our guest” said the woman. Then, Love got up and started walking toward the house, but suddenly the other two old men, Success and Wealth, also got up and followed Love to the house.

With a big surprise, the woman asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, why are you coming in? You told me than only one of you could come in" The three old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever Love goes, we go with him, because wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!"

What conclusion we can draw from this short story? Let us know what you think about it.

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