One day, quite unexpectedly, an acquaintance of yours gives you a
You love Mango and as you bite into it you realize how sweet it is
and your hunger is satisfied. More fulfilling than the mango is the
fact that someone cared about you, cared enough to share. Friendship is
sweet and your hunger dies. The pain of loneliness becomes a distant
The friendship blossoms and you visit this kind friend’s house.
Surprisingly you discover they live in a house surrounded by huge Mango
trees. The mangoes are every where even more than you could ever eat.
You suddenly realize that what you thought was an act of extreme
kindness involved no sacrifice at all.
The sweetness becomes sour. You’ve eaten a worm. It gnaws at your
stomach, it sickens you. Not immediately, slowly. Slowly but surely,
the Worm of loneliness grows. It grows till it fills you up.
But as the worm grows the friendship dies and you realise there was
never any friend there was never any friendship. There was really never
any Mango and there was surely never any worm.
All there ever was, and all there is now,is you.
Generosity comes not from the Gift, nor from the Giver, but from the
attitude of those who receive.
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