THE 99 CLUB

  Ritvik Ohri
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The 99 Club -
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 lowly servant had so much joy. The King  asked the servant, “Why are you so happy?”
The man replied, “Your Majesty, I am a mere servant, but my family  and I don’t require much – just a roof over our heads and warm food to  fill our tummies. We’re content with that.”
The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he  sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the King’s  woes and the servant’s story, the advisor said, “Your Majesty, I believe  that the servant has not been made part of the 99 Club.”
“The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?” the King inquired.
The advisor replied, “Your Majesty, you shall see if you place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.”
The curious king had it done. When the servant saw the bag lying at  the door, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a  great shout of joy… So many gold coins!
He began to count the m. After several counts, he was at last  convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, “What could’ve happened  to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!”
He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive.  Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder  than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant’s life changed. He became overworked,  horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that  100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King became more curious.  He summoned his advisor who explained: “Your Majesty, the servant has  now officially joined The 99 Club.”
He continued, “There are those people who have enough to be happy but  are never contented, because they’re always yearning and striving for  that extra coin. They keep telling themselves: “Let me get that one  final thing and then I will be happy for life. And this goes on and  on..”
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  sleep, happiness and we hurt the people around us who care; all these as  a price for our growing needs and desires. Then we’ve joined the 99  club!


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