Wealth, Success & Love


A woman was walking back from the village to her house and she saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front garden. 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.”

“Is your husband at home?”, they asked.

“No,” she replied. “He’s at work.”

“Then we cannot come in,” they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, he saw the three old men sitting there and asked his wife who they were.  His wife told him that she didn’t know who they were, but they didn’t want to come inside till he had come home.

“Go tell them I am home and invite them in!” The woman went out and invited the men in. “We don’t go into a House together,” they replied.

“Why is that?” she asked.

One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Please go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you would like to invite into your home.”

The woman went in and told her husband what the old man had 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 young daughter was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!”

“Let us take our daughter  advice,” 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 towards the house. The other 2 also got up and followed 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 or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!”

(This is a beautiful traditional tale that I have adapted – sometimes in our busy lives we all need a reminder, this inspiring story realigns our perspective  to what is most important.)

One Response to “Wealth, Success & Love”
  1. marsheemarsh says:

    love. i understand. it’s become so overrated that we have started to take it forgranted..

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