“The woodcutter could buy date cakes and was able to build a new, beautiful home as well. Every day when he went into the forest, it seemed as if the trees and bushes were fuller. His bundles grew so large that he had to hire others to help him with his load.
In fact, he now had enough workers helping that he no longer had to gather the firewood himself. Instead of rising early to begin his day’s work, he slept later and ate when he pleased. And in his new life of abundance, he forgot what the holy man had told him and he no longer gave his devotions.
Within a year, something unexpected began happening. The workers would come back from the forest with the smallest bundles the old man had ever seen. “Where are the large loads?” he bellowed.
“The trees and bushes have thinned and there are too many of us cutting them. We can no longer provide the large amounts,” one of the workers replied. And it was true. Within a short time, the woodcutter had to let all the workers go and he had to go back to cutting wood. One evening, tired and hungry, the old man left the forest with a small bundle to sell at market. He passed a family, looking cold and hungry. His heart felt a pang of compassion for this mother, father and two small children. “Here, sir,” he said to the father. “I have extra wood today. Take it to market where you will get a fair price. You can then feed your family. You can come work for me tomorrow if you are able.”
“You are a kind man. I will work tomorrow,” the father replied as he gratefully took the wood.
Suddenly, the woodcutter remembered the promise he had made to the holy man. Feeling sad that he had forgotten to continue this practice, he immediately knelt and prayed to his Real Self, first asking for forgiveness and then giving gratitude for his blessings. He went home that night hungry but fulfilled.
From that day on the old woodcutter never forgot his promise. He and his daughter lived long and happy lives, eating many date cakes, sharing with others and giving gratitude for all they had
Moral: Thank God for something in your life each day. This could be something large like freedom or small like a sweet date cake.”