The Man Who Wanted To Live Well – A Fable

by John Dadlez

There was a man who worked very hard to become wealthy. He had a gift for making money, always saved it, never spent much and reinvested, and said that he would retire when he had made enough money to live well.

When he was twenty years old he hoped to amass a fortune of $1,000,000. At thirty he realized it would require much more to make him happy and live well in his retirement, so he decided that $10,000,000 would do it. At forty the man realized that $10,000,000 didn’t go as far as it once did and $100,000,000 was a much more satisfactory sum to live well.

And so, as the years passed, the amount of money got larger and larger, and he never retired. Then suddenly, one day he died. His funeral was grand and the mausoleum he was laid to rest in became the house that he always said he would retire to. And that’s how he became the richest man in the graveyard.

Moral: To have lived well requires living well.

Copyright 2010 John Dadlez. All rights reserved.

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