Hard Times

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“A heart that is full needs very little to be happy.”
― Marty Rubin

A man was selling oranges in the middle of the road. He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers and he never watched TV or Social Media. He put signs out along the road and spent the whole day praising the flavor and the sweetness of his oranges.

Everyone bought from him and the man and his business thrived. With the money he earned, he placed more signs out on the road and began to sell more fruit. Business was growing fast! and many heard about his oranges.

However, one day his son – who was educated and had studied in a big city – asked him:

“Father, don’t you know that the world is going through very hard times? The economy of the country is in an awful state and we should be very cautious!”

Worried by this, the man reduced the number of signs for his business and began to sell fruit of inferior quality because it was cheaper. It didn’t take long before his sales slumped and he was out of business.

“My son is right,” he thought. “Times are very hard.”

Paul Coelho

Each day, we get to choose what we focus on. Fullness or emptiness.

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