A successful middle-aged man, enjoying the fruits of his early retirement passed a scrounger on the sidewalk on his way to the park. The man was taken aback at the look of severe depression on the face of the beggar. “What’s wrong?”, he asked. The beggar then holds up a tattered satchel and groaned, “Everything that I have in this world isn’t even enough to fill up this pathetic sack”.
“Too bad”, exclaimed the man. He then swiftly swiped the satchel from the beggar’s hands and sprinted off.
After having just lost all of his possessions, the beggar is then thrust into anguish and despair, being even more miserable than before. The man, however, had just gotten far enough to be out of the beggar’s sight and intentionally dropped the satchel in a strategic location where he was sure the beggar would come across later.
The man, then, waited for the beggar to find his tattered bag filled with his belongings. The beggar eventually, as the man predicted, stumbled upon his satchel and exclaimed with incalculable joy as he did so, “My possessions! I thought I had lost you!”
The man, hiding from the beggar’s sight, laughed silently and said. “Happiness isn’t very hard to find if we know how to look for it”