The owner of a small business, a friend of the poet Olavo Bilac, met him on the street and asked him, “Mr. Bilac, I want to sell my small farm, the one you know so well. Could you please write an announcement for me for the newspaper?”
“FOR SALE: A beautiful property, where birds sing at dawn in extensive woodland, bisected by the brilliant and sparkling waters of a large stream. The house is bathed by the rising sun. It offers tranquil shade in the evenings on the veranda.”
Some time later, the poet met his friend and asked whether he had sold the property.
To which he replied, “I’ve changed my mind. When I read what you have written, then only I realised the treasure that I have.”
What we learn….
Sometimes we underestimate the good things we have, chasing after the mirages of false treasures.
We often see people letting go or neglect their children, their spouses, their families, their friends, their profession, their knowledge—accumulated over many years, their good health—the good things in life.
They squander away what God has given them so freely—things which were nourished with so much care and effort.
We should learn to appreciate what we have—our home, our loved ones, friends on whom we can really count, the knowledge we have gained, our good health and all the beautiful things of life, that are truly our most precious treasure.
We can no longer shower kindness on those we love, after they have died.
It is useless to want to re-do the work that we may have done negligently, costing more in terms of time, effort and money. It’s best to appreciate and do things well now.
We should ask of God at every moment that our problems and concerns never degenerate into feelings of despair, sadness and anxiety.
Be in union with God, who will provide the courage needed for victory in our struggle; because God gives in abundance what we need—not what we want.
We are all imperfect.
Therefore, always praise, serve and value your family. Do all you can to make it even better. Always praise and value your work colleagues. See what you can do to improve your environment.
Instead of isolating yourself because of weakness or failure, seek to invest in true and constructive friendships in your life.