A couple called home a small shack near the forest living of the land One day a beautiful colored bird flew into the small room, set down and stayed overnight. In the morning the bird left back to the forest and returned in the evening to spend the night. This happened day after day and month after month. For the couple was this bird a welcomed guest who brought them joy. They enjoyed the company of this bird so much, they named him Happiness and looked forward to his nightly return.
One day late at night a stranger knocked on the door who got lost in the forest and ask for direction. The couple offered him to stay overnight and to show him the way in the morning. The visitor saw this beautiful bird and decided he wanted to have it and pay for .
The couple answer: „we will not sell this bird, but if you like it that much we will give it to you as a gift.“ So the stranger thanked them and ask the men to bring the bird the next day to his Castle. He was the King. The elderly men did like he was told. Arriving back home, people of the king already where there to ask if the bird return to them. The man went into the house and sure, the bird was sitting on this spot. So the man brought the bird back to the castle, but the bird returned again and a third time. Then the king came in person to the couples house to pick up the bird himself. He took the bird and looked him in his face. Suddenly it was as if the bird whispered to him “ King, you don´t understand anything and never did“. The King first was to respond angry, but stopped for a moment to think and like a light bulb went on he understood and whispered back. „Now I do….stay“.
And this bright colorful bird continued to fly from country to country and stayed for a longer or shorter period of time with people who enjoyed him for this moment.
This is what I wish you all. Joy and Happiness in little things…like seeing a beautiful bird.
Happiness lies within and the ability to see it.
Happy New Year 2017.