Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.
A woman whose husband died unexpectedly faced dire circumstances. Creditors hounded her, taking everything away from her and her young son. Fearing she might lose the most valuable possession of the family, she hid the priceless jewel that had been handed down for generations by sowing it into the sleeve of an old coat that the creditors would never want. The troubles weighed on her grief and eventually broke her spirit and she died without ever telling her son about the jewel.
The boy found himself without family or home, his only inheritance the old threadbare coat that the creditors left him. He found work wherever he could, staying in barns or out in the forest, exposed to the elements and grave hardship. Filled with sorrow at his fate, he endured the passing years with an abiding belief in the unfairness of life.
One day, as he was chopping wood, his sleeve caught on a branch and tore open. Out spilled the priceless jewel onto the ground before him!
This story has a few lessons for me. The first is to always be aware of the jewels of light and abundance within me. When I feel down and dark about my life, I forget to focus on the precious jewels of abundance. Placing energy on negative thoughts does not help me find the priceless jewel or the light.
The second lesson was to pass this gift onto my children and my family and friends. The best way to do this, is through my actions. When I am practising a light filled life, my children and family see this, and feel this, and so have a greater opportunity to find these jewels within themselves.
The more we identify with our hidden treasure, the more we become a well of peace, light and happiness to those around us.