Friday, August 15, 2008

THE MIDAS TOUCH

We all know the story of the greedy king named Midas. He had a lot of gold and the more he had the more he wanted. He stored all the gold in his vaults and used to spend time every day counting it.


One day while he was counting a stranger came from nowhere and said he would grant him a wish. The king was delighted and said, "I would like everything I touch to turn to gold." The stranger asked the king, Are you sure?" The king replied, "Yes." So the stranger said, "Starting tomorrow morning with the sun rays you will get the golden touch." The king thought he must be dreaming, this couldn't be true. But the next day when he woke up, he touched the bed, his clothes, and everything turned to gold. He looked out of the window and saw his daughter playing in the garden. He decided to give her a surprise and thought she would be happy. But before he went to the garden he decided to read a book. The moment he touched it, it turned into gold and he couldn't read it. Then he sat to have breakfast and the moment he touched the fruit and the glass of water, they turned to gold. He was getting hungry and he said to himself, "I can't eat and drink gold." Just about that time his daughter came running and he hugged her and she turned into a gold statue. There were no more smiles left.


The king bowed his head and started crying. The stranger who gave the wish came again and asked the king if he was happy with his golden touch. The king said he was the most miserable man. The stranger asked, "What would you rather have, your food and loving daughter or lumps of gold and her golden statue?" The king cried and asked for forgiveness. He said, "I will give up all my gold. Please give me my daughter back because without her I have lost everything wo rth having." The stranger said to the king, "You have become wiser than before" and he reversed the spell. He got his daughter back in his arms and the king learned a lesson that he never forget for the rest of his life.


What is the moral of the story?


1. Distorted values lead to tragedy.

2. Sometimes getting what you want may be a bigger tragedy than not getting what you want.

3. Unlike the game of soccer where players can be substituted, the game of life allows no substitutions or replays. We may not get a second chance to reverse our tragedies, as the king did.

52 comments:

ILL[EAGLE] said...

Nice to read the already read story!!!!

DynamicRajez said...

Great story, yet now i know the real meaning of the midas touch. awesome..

Nikita Dutt said...

Hi, one of my blogs, quite similar to this one... would like you to read the end part... http://pot-pourrioflife.blogspot.com/2009/03/wanna-be-midas-sure-be-one.html

Nikita Dutt said...

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Anonymous said...

i would not want the touch to be of gold but the touch of green thoumb

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Anonymous said...

I fear I may have been the one that left a mediocre situation for the possibility of something better but at a price... which coincides to #2 Sometimes getting what you want may be a bigger tragedy than not getting what you want...
But how would you know if you didn't try?

Paras batra said...

greed leads to loss should be the moral of the story . In real life also we always think that we should get all the things others have and those famous and precious things in the world. Read the Sad life quotes and and get the answers of your every question.

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Moral : Even gold can give you pleasure till a specific limit.

jhayne said...

A selfish person always takes regret in the end.. having people around us is much important than having a lot of golds or being rich.. being in the arms of our love one's is the happiest and the most unforgettable part of our lives. Isn't it? Being rich doesn't always means happiness..

In Spite Of Story Of The Day said...

The Midas Touch, What an interesting story.

A lesson for all

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@peterreeves23 said...

We have to capture what really matters in life and find our joy in those things what an awesome story very inspiration and inspiring

k.l.arora said...

The story indicates that earning more & more money is not bad.We shud earn as much as we can but greedyness makes a man like King Midas.

choedup thar said...

what a stupid man, if i had that chance, i would say, i only want the things which i wanted to be turned into gold turn gold , not everything !!!

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In this story Midas is very selfish bacause if already has that much gold why does he want more that's very about him. (^-^)/

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