Killing the golden goose

Sandhya Nagaraj
Published on: 20th May 2014
When I was a kid, The Goose and the Golden Egg story had no impact on me.

Greed is not one of my sins.

For those who don't know, here's the story:

A cottager and his wife had a goose that laid a golden egg every day. They supposed that the goose must contain a great lump of gold in its inside, and in order to get the gold they killed it. Having done so, they found to their surprise that the goose differed in no respect from their other geese. The foolish pair, thus hoping to become rich all at once, deprived themselves of the gain of which they were assured day after day.

Now coming to my story.

In 2005, I had established a ritual. It was a very simple one, but extremely powerful- exactly how a ritual should be. A year later, the ritual helped me reach where I wanted to (actually reach far ahead than where I wanted to), and I wanted to continue it forever. Eventually I lost touch with it- I didn't make enough time for it, I was lazy, well you know, the same reasons all of us have for not doing a task. I am pretty happy where I am in life right now- literally and otherwise- but I cannot imagine where I would have been, if I had not given up on the ritual. Well well, spilt milk! Ain't coming back!
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And today- after 9 years- I realized, the ritual was my goose. It was the goose that was laying the golden eggs, day after day.

And for all these years, I have continued to ignore it! Thank God I didn't kill it, and thank god I can revive it back!

All of us have this goose in our lives, which lays a golden egg everyday for us. Including you, yes. And in our attempt to get all the gold at once, or sometimes because of the assumption that we can do a lot with the golden eggs we already have, we either kill that goose or forget all about it. Identify that goose in your life today, that's laying golden eggs for you! Identifying that goose - all so simple, yet so complex, go figure! And keep that goose alive. Since I think this is a very private thing (everyone's golden goose is everyone's personal thing), I don't request that you mention what your goose is unless you wish to! But do drop in a comment if you've identified the goose that's laying the golden eggs for you!
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