What Do You Really Want?


Two close boyhood friends grow up and go their separate ways. One becomes a humble monk, the other a rich and powerful minister to the king. Years later they meet. As they catch up, the minister (in his fine robes) takes pity on the thin, shabby monk. Seeking to help, he says: “You know, if you could learn to cater to the king, you wouldn’t have to live on rice and beans.”

To which the monk replies:

“You know, if you could learn to live on rice and beans, you wouldn’t have to cater to the king.”

Most all of us fall somewhere between the two. Where do you want to be? What’s important? What do you really want? Please offer your insights in the comment section!

P.S. I borrowed this from Mr. Money Mustache. I know, cool name, eh? Go ahead and google it for a fresh and inspired look at money and life. Also bicycles.

2 Replies to “What Do You Really Want?”

  1. Funny you should write this, as I’ve been really struggling w a decision to go or not go on a trip. Part of me really wanted to, but we have a guest musician coming Saturday and I need to be there. Being ‘grown-up’ can be so sad sometimes, but doing the right thing is always the right thing. I’ll stick w the beans and rice. PS you were awesome at USC Fruitland Park! LLKEAYS

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