‘A child thinks 20 shillings and 20 years can scarce ever be spent’.
This quote highlights the idea that as we grow older and gain more life experience, our perspective on time and money changes.
When we are children, we may have a naive view of how quickly resources can be depleted.
For example, a child may believe that 20 shillings and 20 years are vast sums of money and time that will never run out.
However, as we grow older, we come to realize that time and money can disappear all too quickly.
A parable that illustrates this concept in a magical story
Once upon a time, in a land of magic and wonder, there lived an old Master, called Ben and his young apprentice, Kia. The Master was known throughout the land for his wisdom and his ability to control time and money, and Kia was eager to learn all that he could from his Master.
One day, as they sat in the Master’s garden, the Kia asked, “Master, what is the key to mastering time and money?” Old Ben thought for a moment and then spoke, “A child thinks 20 shillings and 20 years can scarce ever be spent.”
Kia was confused, “I do not understand, Master. Can you explain further?”
The Master smiled, “Of course Kia, let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, there was a young prince named Aric and an old king named Eron. Both inherited a vast kingdom from their fathers, but their approach to time and money was vastly different.
Aric, the young prince, inherited a kingdom of abundance, with gold and resources that were beyond measure.
He thought that his wealth and time were infinite, and spent lavishly on luxuries, thinking that he had all the time in the world to do what he wanted and that he would always have enough money. He would throw lavish parties and waste money on unnecessary things.
Eron, the old king, had lived a long life and had seen the kingdom through difficult times. He knew the value of hard work, thrift, and the importance of saving for the future. He cautioned Aric to be more mindful of his spending, but Aric paid him no heed.
Years passed, and the kingdom began to fall on hard times. The crops failed, and the kingdom was hit by a severe drought.
Aric soon realized that his carelessness had led to the kingdom’s downfall. He had spent all of the kingdom’s wealth, and there was nothing left to support the people.
Eron, seeing Aric’s regret, took pity on him and shared his wisdom. He taught him the value of hard work, thrift, and the importance of saving for the future.
Aric learned his lesson and became a wise and just king, who ruled his kingdom with prudence and compassion. He knew the value of time and money, and the importance of using them wisely.
He became known as the “King of Time and Wealth” and his kingdom prospered once again.
The master looked at his apprentice and said, “You see Kia. Aric, the young prince, thought that his wealth and time were infinite, and did not fully understand the concept of scarcity, while Eron, the old king, had a better understanding of the limited nature of time and money, and therefore tended to value and appreciate them more. The key to mastering time and money is to understand the concept of scarcity, and to use them wisely.”
The apprentice looked at his master with newfound understanding, “I see now, Master. I will strive to use my time and money wisely, just like King Aric.”
The Master smiled, “I have no doubt that you will Kia. And remember, even when the journey is difficult, a child thinks 20 shillings and 20 years can scarce ever be spent, but a wise person knows the true value of time and money.”
And with that, the apprentice set out on his own journey, determined to use his time and money wisely.
He knew that the journey would be difficult, but he also knew that with wisdom and understanding, he would be able to master time and money, just like his master.
And in the end, he too would reach his destination with prosperity and contentment.
The moral of the story serves as a reminder that our perspective on life changes as we gain more experience, and that we should strive to live with a sense of gratitude, mindfulness, and responsibility in all aspects of our lives.
Extract from the book; Master Ben and Kia the Young Apprentice: A book on moral values inspired by Ben Franklin – Volume 1
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