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Weekend Story-The Missing Goat

The Missing Goat

It all started one lazy Sunday afternoon in a small town near Toronto in Canada. Two school-going friends had a crazy idea. They rounded up three goats from the neighborhood and painted the numbers 1, 2, and 4 on their sides. That night they let the goats loose inside their school building.

The next morning, when the authorities entered the school, they could smell something was wrong. They soon saw goat droppings on the stairs and near the entrance and realized that some goats had entered the building. A search was immediately launched, and very soon, the three goats were found. But the authorities were worried, where was goat No. 3? They spent the rest of the day looking for goat No.3. There was panic and frustration. The school declared a holiday for the students. The teachers, helpers, and the canteen boys were all busy looking for the goat No. 3, which, of course, was never found. Simply because it did not exist.

We can use this story as a metaphor for how desire works in our lives. We are all like those folks at the school – we may have our goats, but we are all seeking goat No.3, which is not there. So, rather than making the most of what we have, focusing on our strengths, we worry about our shortcomings. 

The takeaway is simple. Make the most of what you have and be grateful for what you get. Success and happiness will follow. Quit worrying about that missing goat No. 3!

Story courtesy- https://www.funotic.com/stories/the-missing-goat-short-story/

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