A master was walking with a student when the student turned and asked the master, “what is the most important thing in life.”

The master replied with, :”Choices.”

“I don’t understand ,” the student said with a confused tone in his voice.

“Your life is a compilation of all the memories you have acquired in life. Which is a direct result of all the choices you have made.” The two walked along as the student allowed this to soak in. 

So, how can I be sure I make the right choices in the future?” The student asked.

“There is a pile of gold and a pile of dirt. Which is more valuable? Which would you choose, if you were given a choice of which pile you could have?” The master asked.

“The gold of course.” The student blurted out.

“Why, it is the dirt that is important to a seed. Dirt can grow food. What can gold do?”

The student blurted out. “I could buy land, cattle, horses and build a barn and grow crops. I could get a wife and have children. And my children would not suffer because I could afford to manage them.” 

But, you did not mention the most important thing.” The master stated.

“What is that? The student asked with a puzzled look on his face.

“Seed.” The master replied. “You need seed to make a family and you did not mention seed when you stated you would buy land, cattle and a barn. The thought of being rich clouds judgement. And as for managing your children. A seed that grows from adversity is stronger than a plant in a farmers row.” The two walked for a moment when the master added. “There is no perfect answer, just that your life is a compilation of your memories. I think a pile of gold could make some good memories. Till the gold run out.” The master grinned.

by Art (~_~) 2015