A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by.
“Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap.
“I have nothing to give you”, said the stranger, then he asked: “What’s that you are sitting on?”
“Nothing” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.”
“Ever looked inside?” asked the stranger.
“No.” said the beggar, “What’s the point, there’s nothing in there”
“Have a look inside” insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to prey open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.
Moral of the story: we may spend all our lives looking for the treasure outside and never spare just a minute to look inside.
Origin: “The power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle