The expression “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” was an ancient Greek proverb which has been well known in English for hundreds of years. It means that it is better to have a lesser yet certain advantage at something, than the possibility of a greater one that may come to nothing.
The Girl With Four Boyfriends – Author Unknown
Once upon a time, there was a girl who had four boyfriends.
She loved the first boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.
She also loved the second boyfriend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.
She also loved her third boyfriend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.
The girl's fourth boyfriend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the fourth boyfriend. Although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!
One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, “I now have four boyfriends with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone.”
Thus, she asked the first boyfriend, “I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“No way!” replied the first boyfriend, and he walked away without another word. His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.
The sad girl then asked the second boyfriend, “I loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No!”, replied the second boyfriend. “Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to marry someone else!” Her heart sank and turned cold.
She then asked the third boyfriend, “I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!” replied the third boyfriend. “At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.” His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated.
Then a voice called out: “I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go.” The girl looked up, and there was her fourth boyfriend. He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.
Greatly grieved, the girl said, “I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!”
Sometimes, we have what we need and want yet hold out for the unattainable. It doesn’t always work out!
Unlike the girl with four boyfriends, we need to look around us and focus on and appreciate those who love and are devoted to us. That’s usually where we find true happiness and fulfillment.
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