Friday, December 5, 2008

true story.......

so i remembered a story today that struck me as so hilarious at the time.......
still does.......
one of my friends had a sectretary.......
this woman had worked for the firm for most of her life.......the secretary....
the woman was in her late 60s.......
had saved throughout her life,
and had managed as a single person to live modestly,
on a sectretarys salary.........

so this woman comes into the office one monday morning, and announces proudly that shed WON THE LOTTERY!!!

36 MILLION DOLLARS!!!

so my friend,
dumbfounded, yet very happy for this nice, simple lady,
asked her when she would be tendering her resignation.........

obviously the woman no longer needed employment as a sectretary.......
or anything else, for that matter........

heres the part of the story that just kills me..........

the woman lived in a tiny one bedroom in queens.......
she had lived in this apartment ,
in a rather drab area of queens for over 40 years.......

her response to her employer was that she would be staying on in her very average income job,
and that she would finally be able to redecorate her apartment, but that she had absolutely no intention of doing ANYTHING
else out of the ordinary........

and so.........

one can learn any number of lessons from a given situation.......

in the torah is states........
"the one who is rich is the one who is happy with his share"

this woman very clearly loved her life.......
she was attatched to her home........
she enjoyed her work.......
she, very likely, liked the train and the hot cup of coffee she sipped so comfortably each and every morning before boarding......

this woman was happy with her routine......
OVERJOYED to redecorate and purchase a new sofa.....

truth be told..........

I WANT TO BE THAT WOMAN!!!!!

please......please.......allow me to feel that kind of tranquility, even just for a moment.......

i wonder what that kind of comfort in ones own skin would feel like........
what would it taste like to be satisfied??

i guess, my friends, that i dont really find the story all that hilarious after all............
i find it compelling.........

I WANT TO BE THE WOMAN IN THE APARTMENT IN QUEENS........
sipping coffee from her new mug on her new sofa........