A very rich and famous person was invited to an important TV interview. The host asked many questions about how he started and how he got to where he was right now.
The last question was: “What would you say made you feel the most fortunate and blessed over the years?”
The guest replied: “I passed four stages in my life to finally find true prosperity:
At first, I thought wealth would make me happy but that wasn’t the only solution.
Next, I started to collect valuables but that gave me temporary happiness.
Third, I started to take on huge projects, buying properties, yet I still didn’t feel happy deep inside.
One day, when I was telling one of my friends about my feelings he suggested for me to buy hundreds of new wheelchairs for the “Disabled Children Charity” that he was a part of. That wasn’t hard for me at all, I agreed without hesitation.
My friend said: “Your donation would be more meaningful if you come and give the gifts to these kids yourself, and see their reactions when they receive their new wheelchairs.”
I accepted his offer and we set a date to meet the kids.
At the charity, I saw true happiness in the children’s faces when they sat on their new wheelchairs which was very beautiful to see. However, what made me feel fortunate and deeply happy in my life was when one of the children in their wheelchair grabbed my pants to capture my attention so I asked: “Is there anything you need?”
He said: “I want to take a mental image of your face so that when I go to heaven one day, I’ll be able to recognize you in front of God, thank you one more time.”
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