Story of Three Sisters©
Misery could not bear stay at home. So went she visiting. Wherever she went she announced herself thus,” I am Misery.” She came home all the more miserable.
Her sister Joy thought she knew how to amuse herself. She sold everything she had and went visiting. She bought presents to give away. Wherever she went she said,” I am Joy!” She was wined and dined and she gave away all she had. At the end those who received her well inquired, “What did you say your name was?”
Joy thought she had wasted her time.
Happiness, the eldest sister went visiting. Wherever she went she announced, “Will you let me stay with you? ”and the host asked every time, “Who are you?”
“ I am nobody.” At this many a door was slammed in her face.
In the end she knocked at one door. A man opened and was told the same she told others. He said,’I am nobody but I have my time to give. I have a body to keep the hearth blazing. You want to keep that going in turns with me?’
She agreed and thus she stayed on. Later he observed that he knew nobody could make him full as she did.