Group 99|گروه 99

“96th story”

First published: June.20.2019




The king of a land noticed that one of his servants was very happy. He couldn’t stand it and had to ask him about his happiness.


The servant said: “I am happy your grace because I have a great wife and a healthy child. I work and can provide food and shelter for them. We don’t have much but I am grateful for what I have.”


The king later went to his minister and explained his servant’s happiness, and how he doesn’t like to see anyone happier than himself.

The minister said: “I will make sure to put stop to his happiness. He needs to become a part of group 99.”

The minister sent one sack of rice and one sack filled with 99 gold coins to the servant’s house.


When the servant went home, he saw the sacks and became very happy. He started to count the coins. He counted the coins three times and it still was 99 coins!

“That’s strange! Why 99? Why not 100 coins?” He said to his wife.


He searched everywhere to see if there is another coin he missed possibly, but he couldn’t find the 100th coin.

The next day, the servant wasn’t happy. He was thinking about that one gold coin. He had to save one coin to complete his coins. He had to work harder and put more hours for that. He was more tired and didn’t have his smile and kindness for his family anymore.



The minister had the servant monitored and told the king: “Your Grace, I told you if we put him in group 99 he would never be happy. They start becoming greedy and they want more.”


If we look closer, that’s our every day life and unfortunately greed always wins.

Prosperity is in 3 simple sentences:

Yesterday’s experience

Using today wisely

Having hope for tomorrow

But we waste it with 3 sentences:

Regretting yesterday

Wasting today

Fear of tomorrow

Dear friends; 

Don’t forget to read my books.<3<3<3






Categories: bedtime story, fable, folk tale, moral, parable, Short Story, StorytellingTags: , , ,


  1. As ever, I like your instructional stories. With this one, were I the man, I would have given away 49 coins, so I could have a neat, round 50. After all, if I’ve been happy with none, why would I need so many.

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  2. What an amazing story which explained reality so beautifully…. Loved it. 💕

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  3. Great story and message with much truth. 🙂

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  4. Quanta verità in questa storia!

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  5. Absolutely beautifully written story. Filled with Life Lesson Nuggets💜🌸😊

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  6. I have heard of this story. It is really didactic.

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  7. An intricate story that is really chunneling around my brain. You’re making me think.

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  8. Always enjoy your tales, Laleh. This one, however, is a two-edge sword, as expressed by the king’s minister: “Your grace, I told you if we put him in group 99 he would never be happy. They start becoming greedy and they want more.” This is the excuse that the very rich use to continue paying workers a slave wage.

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  9. Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:
    Never search for the last (lost) coin 😉 learned once more, wonderful 🤗👍❤

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  10. You are a great writer Laleh ♥️

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  11. Story of most of our lives ❤️

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  12. What a beautiful story with such clear practical advice and wisdom. Thank you!

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  13. I have heard this story earlier … A very nice story. Excess money always snatch happiness.. Great story indeed

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  14. So very true! This story illustrates that so creatively.x

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  15. Dear Laleh, first of all, I wanted to let you know, that I finally read you book, it was birthday present to myself to order it from Amazon. I couldn’t put it down. Within two days my emotions went from happiness to sadness, trying to understand the actions of the women and accepting that they had to live with their non-choices, being impressed with couragesness and being filled with compassion towards all the women through out the different generations. Thinking that is your families story makes me shudder, yet I do hope that times have changed for the better for women’s lives. It is an intense and grapping novel. Through the family of my ex Persian husband understand the Persian culture a bit more, as I know of the history of the grandmother’s lives. Thank you for writing such a great novel , to bring it to the Universe, your voice needed to be heard. Thank you Laleh joon.

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    • You’re awesome my lovely friend. Your review is full of kindness and beautiful words. I will publish it tomorrow. I would appreciate it if you could write this review in amazon and your sites. It would be a huge help. ❤️❤️❤️

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  16. Lovely (and thought-provoking). A great way to begin the day . . . using today wisely!

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  17. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Another one of Laleh’s incredible tales….

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  18. This is a splendid story with a impressive moral.

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  19. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  20. Great wisdom you shared!

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  21. This is so wonderful. Thank You very much and Congratulations on Your award!!! Cheers! 🤗💖😊

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  22. Wow that’s deep, thanks for sharing Laleh! 😊

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  23. This is absultely true

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  24. A lovely story with an important moral to it.

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  25. What a wonderful story on not appreciating what you have which leaves you constantly searching!! 💕💗👏👏👏

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  26. cash from my stash
    biggest on bottom
    small on top
    i the toad
    oh there in montreal
    not toronto
    come them from the land of cedars
    love in fashion ur pal juan

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  27. Beautiful narration. 👌👌👌👏👏👏✌️💐

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  28. Very good! Now me I would’ve been happy with 99 gold coins but I love the human-ness of your character. Blessings always, Deborah.

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  29. This is one of my favorite stories so far! How timely for today. Thank you! And, the photos really enhanced the story.😊😊

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  30. Yes one should be happy with less not more. Good thought.

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