Four Wives

Once upon a time. There was a rich merchant who had four wives. He loved the fourth wife the most and adorned her with rich robes, and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved his third wife very much; he was very proud of her and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, the merchant is always afraid that she might run away with some other men; he, too, loved his second wife; she was a very considerate person, always patient and, in fact, the merchant's confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his second wife, and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.

Now, the merchant's first wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love their first wife, and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

One day the merchant fell Ill, and before long, he knew that he was going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself, now I have four wives with me. But when I die, I will be alone. How lonely I'll be!"Thus, he asked the fourth wife, I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing, and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the fourth wife, and she walked away without another word. answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant's heart. The sad merchant then asked the third wife," I have loved you so much for all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"

"No!" replied the third wife, life is good over here. I'm going to remarry when you die? The merchant's heart sank and turned cold. He then asked the second wife, I always turned to you for help, and you've always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company? "I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time," the answer came like a thunderbolt, and the merchant was devastated.

Then a voice called out I will leave with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go" The merchant looked up, and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!"

Actually, we have four wives in our lives; the fourth wife is our body; no matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die. Our third wife is our possession, status, and wealth; when we die, they all go to others; the second wife is our family and friend; no matter how close they had been there for us when we were alive, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. The first wife is, in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth, and sensual pleasure; our first wife is the only thing that follows us wherever we go, and it is good to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait till we're on our death bed to lament

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