THE HAPPY MAN HAD NO SHIRT
Seeing the happiness of these Peruvian children who belong to poor families, I recalled a story that a long time ago I read when I attended middle school.
Once upon a time, a king ordered his servants to bring him the shirt of a man who was really happy.
Hence, the servants went all around the kingdom, but they couldn’t find a happy man; everybody had some kind of misfortune. When their hope to find a happy man was about to die, unexpectedly they found a man singing in the open air.
“This man must be really happy! Let’s go to talk with him for a while!” they said.
After questioning him, they found that he was really a happy man. “Give us your shirt! We will take it to the king and he will give you a special award for that!” they said.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have any shirt,” the happy man answered, “I am so poor that I don’t own anything.”
The servants went back to the king and reported that they did find a happy man indeed, but he had no shirt.
The moral of the story is intuitive: happiness springs not from riches but from the spontaneity of the heart.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books: