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On Progress

One man’s Gain Is…©
King Pepin of the kingdom of  Blissfully Ignorant  was going on a pilgrimage and he was disguised as a miller. Till the party reached Canterbury he was ridiculed and teased mercilessly because he could not move a single pace without breaking wind. When he reached The Red Lion the inn keeper came to meet the party and he ignored all except the miller.
‘Oh sire,’ he said bowing and scraping, “ the royal suite awaits your pleasure.” The pilgrims were astounded and they discreetly made enquiries and found their butt of jokes was none other than a king.
Next morning a varlet who, throughout the journey, had not spared the miller for a moment went up to him and kissed his feet. The king asked as if nothing had happened what was the matter. The silly fellow became bold at the thought he was not recognized. Thereafter he was ever after the king trying to make himself useful. Before the pilgrims returned to their homes the man begged him to take him in his service. “ I can serve you in any capacity, Master”.  The king politely refused him.
Because we are connected, one man’s gain somehow sets me back. For this very reason life can never run on the same plane. Advance of others contains subtle shifts in our lives. Either we lead or fall back.


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