A famous art collector is walking through a small town when he notices a cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store. He does a double take, recognizing that the saucer is extremely old and very valuable. Thinking quickly he walks casually into the store and offers to buy the cat for two dollars.
Fred the store owner replies, “I’m sorry, but the cat isn’t for sale.”
“Please,” the collector says, “I need a hungry cat around the house to catch mice. I’ll pay you twenty dollars for that cat.”
“Sold!” the store owner says, and hands over the cat.
The collector continues, “Hey, for the twenty bucks I wonder if you could throw in that old saucer. The cat’s used to it and it’ll save me from having to get a dish.”
“Sorry friend,” the store owner says, “but that’s my lucky saucer. So far this week I’ve sold 68 cats!”
Source: Slightly adapted from aish.com
A cat and a saucer are two different things. So are success and happiness: two different realities.
If we gently practice happiness, we will be happy. There’s no guarantee that we will be successful as well. Similarly, if we towards success, we will be successful but again, not necessarily happy.
If we desire to be both happy and successful we have to invest in both.
Remember: If you want both the cat and the saucer you need to pay for both!