A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them.

She said, “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”

“We don’t go into house together,” they replied.
“Why is that?” she wanted to know.

One of the old men explained, “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends. Then he said, pointing to another one, “He is Success and I am Love. Now go in and discuss with your family which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went in and told her family what was said.

Her husband was overjoyed.

“How nice!” he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth.”

His wife disagreed, “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”

Their daughter was listening and jumped with her own suggestion, “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will be filled with love.”

“Let us heed our daughter’s advise,” said the husband to his wife. “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”

The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which one of you is love? Please come in and be our guest.”

Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other two also got up and started following him.

Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success, “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”

The old men replied together, “If you had invited Wealth and Success, the other two of us would have stayed out. Since you invited Love, wherever he goes, we go with him. Wherever there is love, there is wealth and success!”

Live your life and love others as if tomorrow may never come.

Instruction: Choose a line that struck you the most and reflect.

© Praveen Verma