22. The Bundles of Misery

A wretched man prayed, "God, I'm miserable! Let me trade my misery for another's!"
God's voice boomed from the sky. "Everyone, gather your miseries into a bundle and come to the town square."
The wretched man gathered his miseries and was shocked to see people coming to the town square with bundles far bigger than his. Even people he thought prosperous! Even they had huge bundles.
"Put your bundles down," God commanded. "And now, pick any bundle you want."
"Who knows about those other bundles?" the wretched man thought. "This burden I know."
And thus everyone chose their own bundle.

Inspired byThe Little Book of Sufi Parables by Nico Neruda
Notes: This is story 22 in the book.

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