Hidden Treasure – The Aesop’s Fable about a Farmer and His Sons
A wise farmer was on his deathbed. He wished to be sure that his sons would do well after he was not there to counsel them. Being the wise old man he was he knew that his sons would have to work hard to achieve prosperity in life.
Lying on his deathbed, the farmer called his sons to his bedside and said, “My dear sons, I have spent my whole life working on these farms, I did everything to make sure that you never have to supplicate to anyone but God, but now my time has come. I will not be here for much longer and you will be on your own.”
The sons pleaded him to stop talking like that but he knew his time was near, he continued, “Before I depart from this world, I want to give you one last gift. A gift that will enable you to live a comfortable life, you will never have to worry about riches my son; my last gift to you is a wealth that will last a lifetime.”
The talk of an unspoken wealth piqued the sons’ curiosity, they inquired, “What riches are you talking about, father? We are simple farmers and cannot even dream of a wealth that could last a lifetime. How can you gift us such a wealth? ”
Smiling at his sons’ inquiry, the farmer replied, “You do not know about this but a great treasure is hidden in our farms. I do not remember the exact spot where I hid it but it is surely somewhere on the farmland. Dig through the land, leave no stone unturned in your search for once you find the treasure, you will always be grateful to your old father.”
The sons were astonished by their father’s revelation. They promised their father to search for the treasure and to not give up until they find it.
Soon the farmer died and his sons set out to fulfill their promise. They spent days digging through the farmland with all their might. Turning up every inch of the farm; they left no spot unturned but to their disappointment, they did not find a single penny.
The riches that their father has spoken of were nowhere to be found. They decided that their father must have gotten confused due to old age and illness and decided to plant the farm for the next harvest.
At harvest time, they had a splendid crop that year because of all the work they had put in the farm. When the sons settled their account they realized what treasure their father was talking about. It was the treasure of hard work. They realized that this is the treasure that could last a lifetime for as long as they work hard to achieve their goals, they would never have to supplicate to anyone but God.
The farmer’s sons had learned their lesson and marveled at the wisdom of their late father.
This story shows us that you can achieve anything in the world if you work consistently for it.
The power to fulfill your goals is within yourself, you just need to dig a little deeper and realize your own potentials. Once you know your strengths, the world is your oyster!
A Selection of Hidden Treasure Quotes
“When the door of opportunity of your storehouse opens for you, let faith and hope enter first. When your faith leads the way, you will locate the source of your hidden treasures.”
~ Israelmore Ayivor“Life’s journey is a narrow path that reveals a God to trust. Few take it. Trust only occurs in relationship. Our relationship is the pearl of great price that is already buried in the field of our hearts. The journey is the life-long excavation of our heart.”
~ R.J. Blizzard
“Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished.” ~ Og Mandino
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