This is the story of the missing goat, goat number 3
One lazy Sunday afternoon, in a small town, two school mates had a crazy idea.
They rounded up three goats from their area and painted the numbers 1, 2 and 4 on their sides.
They waited until night.
Then, taking the goats to their school building, they let them loose inside and went back to their homes.
The next morning, when the school authorities entered the school, they sensed that things weren’t as they should be.
Definitely something was wrong.
They spotted the goat droppings right from the entrance and on the staircase.
Realizing that goats had entered the building, they panicked and immediately called a search.
Some time later, the three goats were found and brought to the entrance.
As soon as the authorities saw the goats, a new problem cropped up.
They saw goat number 1, 2 and 4.
Where was goat number 3?
Well, you can imagine what happened.
The rest of the day went looking for goat number 3.
Naturally the school declared a holiday, cancelling all the classes.
Of course the students were happy. The teachers, helpers, security staff, canteen staff and some of the more enthusiastic students joined in looking for the missing goat no.3.
No surprise that they didn’t find it, considering it didn’t exist in the first place.
In life, it is so easy to get tricked into believing that something is missing.
Some of us, in spite of having a good life, chase after that missing element. We feel unfulfilled and hence, end up constantly looking for that elusive, missing, non-existent goat no.3.
Regardless of whether it is related to relationships, our work front, money, achievements, we have a tendency to focus on the absence of something and always blow it out of proportions in comparison to the presence of things.
Now, consider: what if we stop worrying about goat no.3 and decide to enjoy life, appreciate what we have?
Wouldn’t it be so much better?
How about ignoring that imaginary goat no.3? Why let it waste your time and steal your happiness?
Appreciate what you have.
It is nice to be ambitious and go after your goals, but not so much that you don’t notice what is already yours.
Take the time out to celebrate the present moment and cherish it. It is perfect.
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