There was once a poor family that lived near the sea, Fred and his wife Sally and there small boy, Sam. He was only four years old. The poor family lived on fish, as it was the only thing they could afford. Fred was a fisherman, or probably had to be one. Sometimes he’d catch a fish, maybe two, but some days were tough. Sally, his wife, learned to store part of their small meal, in case her husband failed to catch any fish.
One day, as Fred was fishing, it started to rain. It was dangerous to be at sea during the rain, because as a man who lived in such a strange village, Fred knew how easy harmless rain could turn into a deadly storm. Unfortunately, he had not caught any fish and his position as man of the house made it very hard for him to simply retreat.
Fred decided to wait some more, hopefully a fish might get caught in his net, soon. He prayed God again and again, and for the sake of his child and hungry wife, God accepted his prayer. A small fish got caught in his net. He was so glad to have caught something, so he hurried back to their small cottage and gave his wife the fish so that she could cook it.
Fred sat on a ragged mat with his son. He told him stories from his dreams. Suddenly, Sally shouted and called him with excitement. She had found a precious jewel in the fish! ‘We are going to be rich!’ they thought.
Fred and Sally hugged Sam tightly and their faces shone. “We are going to be rich!” they told him. He smiled to their happiness and joy, yet none knew what was really in store for them.
As soon as the rain stopped, Fred hurried to the market to sell the precious jewel. He searched for a merchant who he thought could afford such a jewel. The first merchant was amazed by its beautiful structure and so was the second and third, but they all said it was too precious and no one but the richest merchant could afford buying it.
Fred was becoming more and more excited, he dreamt of his life and his family’s after he manages to sell such a precious jewel. However, the richest merchant also said it was too precious for anyone to afford buying it, “Go to the king!” he said.
Fred went to the king and admired his roomy and beautiful palace. He showed him the jewel, but to his surprise, the king too said it was too precious for him to buy. However, he made him quite a good deal.
The king would give him five hours, where he was to take from the palace whatever he pleased, in return for the jewel. The lucky fisherman wandered in the king’s huge palace. He found the dining room; it was full of all kinds of fancy and mouthwatering food. ‘I should eat so I could have enough strength to carry more money.’ Fred thought.
After he satisfied himself with the most delicious food he had ever ate, Fred saw the bedroom. It had the largest and most comfortable bed he had ever seen. ‘I should rest a little so I could have enough energy to carry more money.’ He thought.
Therefore, Fred took a nap. Unfortunately, he fell into deep sleep and was surprised to find the king’s guards awake him. They were practically carrying him outside the palace. “What are you doing?!” Fred shouted. “I haven’t taken anything yet!” The guards looked at him in despise and said: “The five hours are over.” and with that simple statement, they were gone.
Fred stood outside the palace with a sad and pathetic look on his face. He stared at the palace and cried helplessly. He had not only lost his jewel, but lost the opportunity to collect what he wanted from the king’s palace.
Wisdom ~ Work is what you are doing now, not what you are willing to do later.