*4 Boy friends*
> Once upon a time, there was this girl who had four
> She loved the 4th boyfriend the most and adored him with
> rich robes and
> treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him
> nothing but the best.
> She also loved the 3rd boyfriend very much and was always
> showing him off
> to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one
> day he would leave
> her for another.
> She also loved her 2nd boyfriend. He was her confidant and
> was always kind,
> considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced
> a problem, she
> could confide in him, and he would help her get through the
> The girls 1st boyfriend was a very loyal partner and had
> made great
> contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom.
> However, she did not
> love the first boyfriend. Although he loved her deeply, she
> hardly took
> notice of him.
> One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short.
> She thought of
> her luxurious life and wondered, I now have four boyfriends
> with me, but
> when I die, I'll be all alone.'
> Thus, she asked the 4th boyfriend, I loved you the most,
> endowed you with
> the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now
> that I'm dying,
> will you follow me and keep me company?'
> 'No way!', replied the 4th boyfriend,
> and he walked away without another
> His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.
> The sad girl then asked the 3rd boyfriend, 'I loved you
> all my life. Now
> that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me
> 'No!', replied the 3rd boyfriend. 'Life is too
> good! When you die, I'm
> going to marry someone else!'
> Her heart sank and turned cold.
> She then asked the 2nd boyfriend, 'I have always turned
> to you for help and
> you've always been there for me.
> When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?'
> 'I'm sorry, I can't help you out this
> time!', replied the 2nd boyfriend.
> 'At the very most, I can only walk with you to your
> His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the
> girl was
> Then a voice called out: 'I'll go with you.
> I'll follow you no matter
> where you go.'
> The girl looked up, and there was her 1st boyfriend. He was
> very skinny as
> he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.
> Greatly grieved, the girl said, 'I should have taken
> much better care of
> you when I had the chance!.
> In truth, you have 4 boyfriends in your lives:
> Your 4th boyfriend is your body. No matter how much time
> and effort you
> lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you
> Your 3rd boyfriend is your possessions, status and wealth.
> When you die, it
> will all go to others.
> Your 2nd boyfriend is your family and friends. No matter
> how much they have
> been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up
> to the grave.
> And your 1st boyfriend is your Soul. Often neglected in
> pursuit of
> wealth, power and pleasures of the world.
> However, your Soul is the only thing that will follow you
> where ever you
> go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the
> only part of
> you that will follow you.
> Thought for the
> Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees,
> you're in the perfect
> position to pray.
> Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It
> means you've decided to
> see beyond the imperfections.