Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.
One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a servant had so much joy.
The King asked the servant, ‘Why are you so happy?’
The man replied, ‘Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don’t need too much – just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.’
The king was not satisfied with that reply.
Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted adviser. After hearing the King’s woes and the servant’s story, the adviser said, ‘Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of 99 Club.’
‘The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?’ the King inquired.
The adviser replied, ‘Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at servant’s doorstep.’
When the servant sees the bag, he will take it into his house. When he open’s the bag, he will let out a great shout of joy… So many gold coins!
He will begin to count them. After several counts, he will be convinced that there are only 99 coins. He will wonder, ‘What would’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!’
He will look everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted he decides that he will have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant’s life will change. He will be overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He would stop singing while he worked.
On witnessing this drastic transformation in servant’s behavior, the King was puzzled. When he sought his adviser’s help. The adviser said, ‘Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.’
He continued, ‘The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they’re always yearning and striving for that extra 1, saying to themselves: ‘Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.’
We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want even more!
We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us, all these as a price for our growing needs and desires.
That’s the “Club 99”
This is true, happiness often becomes, “expensive” when you grow rich. True happiness of life lies in avoiding this situation. Avoid yourself from going on this path of never ending greed.
Working steadily each day towards achieve progress is a good quality, but we should not be all the time running behind financial achievements.
Remember there’s a thin line between ambition and greed.