There was once a shepherd who had a daughter whose greatbeautyattracted a lot of young men from all over the country. Oneday,the shepherd asked his daughter, My dear daughter, tell me,whatkind of man do you want to be your husband?
His daughter said,Mydear father, my future husband can be poor but also a wealthyman.How could that be, poor and rich are two opposite things!saidher father.
Dear father, a poor person also has his wealth.Saidhis daughter. The shepherd then announced that his daughterwasready for marriage.
One day, there were many eligible mengatheredoutside the shepherds home. He came out and said, Allright,gentlemen, those who think they are eligible, please comeforwardand tell me your qualifications! A few well-dressedgentlemen cameforward followed by their servants and camel loads ofgifts carriedby camels. We are rich men, we have gold and silvermines, silk,fur and red carpets. Please choose one of us.
The shepherdsdaughter just smiled. Then came five young men with somejewelryboxes. These golden boxes contain rare jewelry. You will bethemost wealthy person if you choose one of us to be your husband.All of you are not my idea of an ideal husband, saidthedisappointed lady. One by one young men came forward but theywererejected by her.
The shepherd began to worry. Suddenly, aplainlydressed young man appeared. The shepherd asked, Young man,youlook so poor. What can you offer my daughter? My wealth isalwayswith me and it is my hands, the young man said, I am agoodtailor. I am also a good carpenter. I can make tables andchairswithin an hour.
Moreover, I can also put up a tent for youall!The lady smiled. The young man continued, I can cook too. Icancook delicious meals. However, I do not have any property,servantsor jewelry. But, with my pair of hands, I do have a wholelife ofwealth! Thats great! shouted the shepherds daughterexcitedly.You are more wealthy than any of them because you have apair ofprecious hands. You are my idea of an ideal husband!
A pair of hardworking hands can create much wealth.