Monk or Minister?

I came across this small parable here.

And feel that it’s a must-read for everyone. It’s punch-you-in-your-face kind of a story… 😉

So have a look at it…

you monk or minister


Two close boyhood friends grow up and go their separate ways.

One becomes a humble monk, the other a rich and powerful minister to the king.

Years later they meet.

As they catch up, the minister (in his fine robes) takes pity on the thin, shabby monk. Seeking to help, he says:

“You know, if you could learn to cater to the king you wouldn’t have to live on rice and beans.”

To which the monk replies:

“If you could learn to live on rice and beans you wouldn’t have to cater to the king.”


Most all of us fall somewhere between the two. As for me, I am better off being closer to the monk. 😉


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