The king’s ring|انگشترپادشاه

“136th story”


This story was written hundreds of years ago by “Saadi Shirazi” The Iranian poet. It relates to these days, so I chose to translate it for my dear friends.

This is a photo of Saadi’s monument in the city of Shiraz.


There was a green and beautiful kingdom.


The king had a unique ring with a precious Gem on it. This valuable Gem shined even at night, and the jewelers couldn’t put a price on it.


Years passed, and the farms went dry. Drought took over the kingdom. People stayed hungry and everyone was suffering.


The king asked his wise men to sell his Gem and pay every single resident to be able to survive for a while.


The king’s minister scolded him, telling him he made a mistake to sell such a precious Gem, as he would never find one like it.

The king started to cry and said: “When a town is dying of hunger, it is the ugliest thing for a king to wear jewelry. My finger without a ring is fine, but my town going hungry is unacceptable. The Gem was beautiful when my kingdom was in peace.”


There were so many ways to control the world better. We didn’t have to go through all of this madness if we all had a caring leader. The world would be at peace if they would think about others. Greed is the only reason why ordinary people always have to suffer, as much as history remembers.

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  1. Wonderful story and very wonderful meaning,I love your stories!!! 🥰

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  2. Unfortunately, it’s not the greed of the common people that cause the problems, though surely it doesn’t help.
    And those are beautiful photos.

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  3. Wonderful story for these t imes. Stay safe and healthy.

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  4. great story.
    He was a wise king.

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  5. Beautiful story. I just bought your book for my mom, but I’m going to read it first :). A couple of the translations in this post were off. I wish I spoke Farsi so I could help.

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  6. The truth is as in this instructive story. The most important thing for a nation is to have a good and wise leader. Unfortunately, most are possessive and greedy. He only thinks about increasing his property and limiting his freedoms.

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  7. Remarkable story of a great king who sold his own ring for his people.

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  8. Amazing one Ma’m. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Yes, greed and lust for power. Our downfall. May God have mercy.

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  10. Laleh, thanks for sharing! Words of wisdom shared in yet another beautifully inspiring, creative story. This container of powerful messages.
    The King was wise, full of compassion and had a heart for others. ☀️💜

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  11. Very good and kind hearted king

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  12. That’s true! If only we could let go of greed, the world will be a better place 🙂

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  13. Reblogging this to my readers at sister site Poetic Justice

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  14. The painful truth. Our world would be a much better place with leaders like the one described by Shirazi.

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  15. Such a meaningful story. Policy makers all around the glob should read this.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  16. So wonderful story ! We need caring leaders. Were are caring leaders ? Thanks Laleh

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  17. Great story. It should apply to the times we live. Thank you, Laleh. Stay safe.

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  18. I pray for God’s mercy on this world. I pray for our leaders that He may grant them wisdom. I pray for those losing loved ones or suffering themselves. I pray for those risking their own lives to save the lives of others. Above all, I pray that hearts may once again turn toward God; that the world after this pandemic has passed may be a better one than before the coronavirus struck. ❤

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  19. This so true, Laleh. The U.S. needs a leader now who is not so greedy and self-indulgent.

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  20. Quanto è vero ciò che scrivi!
    Se ci fossero leader equi, il mondo sarebbe una oasi di verde e pace.
    L’avidità dell’uomo è la vera distruzione.
    Complimenti per le sempre belle immagini che accompagnano i tuoi costruttivi post ❤

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  21. Thank you for this beautiful story. 🥰

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  22. Uhm, Laleh …
    I really really liked the story. But the last photo isn’t from Iran but the Namib desert in Namibia.
    Jus’ sayin’


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  23. Reblogged this on The Writing Life and commented:

    Congrats and happy writing, Laleh
    “waking up sleepy-head” c

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