Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content. One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he was doing his work. This fascinated the King. Why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy?
So the King asked the
servant, "Why are you so happy?"
The King was not
satisfied with that reply, so later in the day, he sought the >advice of his
most trusted advisor. After hearing the King's woes and the servant's story,
the advisor said, "Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been
made part of The 99 Club."
When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy... So many gold coins! He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins only. He wondered, "What could've happened to that last gold coin? The 100th old coin. Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!"
He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection. So from that day, the servant's life was changed. He started working very hard just to earn that last gold coin. Now he was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his advisor's help, the advisor said, "Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club." He continued, "The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never content, because they're always yearning and striving for that extra 1 telling to themselves: "Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life."
Created by Sushma Gupta on May 27, 2001
Modified on 10/02/13