Thankful Stories: Sheikh Saadi Stories – A King and A Slave

Thankful Stories: Once a king and a Persian slave were sailing in the same boat. The salve had never been at sea, and never experienced any calamity. After some time the boat was hit by a storm and started tossing. It was very inconvenient for the passengers. All remained quiet except the slave who in fear of being drowned began to cry and tremble, and created inconvenience for the others. The other tried to pacify him by kindness and affection but he did not hear anybody. When the uneasiness lasted longer the king also became displeased.

Thankful Stories - Sheikh Saadi Stories - Be Thankful QuotesIn that boat there happened to be a sergeant, who said, “With’ your permission, May I quieten him?”.

“It will be a great favor”, the king said. The sergeant ordered the slave to be thrown into the water, so that he could have experienced the true danger of life. Two persons threw him in the sea and when he was about to be drowned they pulled him back to the boat, and he clung the stern with both of his hands. Then he sat down and remained quiet. This appeared strange to the king, who could not comprehend the wisdom in the action taken by the sergeant, and he asked for it. The sergeant replied: “Before he had experienced the danger of being drowned, he knew not about the safety of the boat. A man does not realize the worth of safety from the misfortune until he has tasted it.”

Thankful Stories: Be Thankful Quotes

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.

I may not be where I want to be but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

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