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A hope note

This story is likely a very old story, originating somewhere between the time of Aesop and Mark Twain. I came across a version of it in the October 1995 issue of The Hope Health Letter.
Once upon a time there was a man who lived in a tiny hut with his wife, two small children and his elderly parents. He tried to be patient in the crowded conditions, but the noise and absence of privacy wore him down.
One day, in desperation, he consulted the village guru.
‘Do you have a rooster?’ asked the wise man. ‘Yes, I do,’ the man replied. ‘Well, go home and move the rooster into the hut with your family. Then come back to see me in a week.’
The next week the man returned and told the guru that living conditions were deteriorating, with the rooster’s crowing and stinking up the place.
‘Do you have a cow?’ asked the guru. The man, cautiously, nodded yes.
‘Then take your cow into the hut also, and come back to see me in another week.’
Over the next several weeks, the man ‘ on advice of the guru ‘ made room in his hut for a goat, two dogs and his brother’s children.
Finally he could take it no more.
In a fit of anger, he kicked all the animals and guests out, leaving only his wife, children and parents in the hut.
The place suddenly seemed very spacious, quiet and peaceful.
And they lived happily ever after.
This story is an ancient version of: ‘I complained about my heating bill until I met a person whose home had no heat.’
How much of our grousing and whining would stop if we had a smidgeon of an inkling how much worse things could be?
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