Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Wealth, Success and Love

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said "I don't think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat."

"Is the man of the house home?", they asked.

"No", she replied. "He's out."

"Then we cannot come in", they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.

"Go tell them I am home and invite them in!"

The woman went out and invited the men in"

"We do not go into a House together," they replied.

"Why is that?" she asked.

One of the old men explained: "His name is Wealth," he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, "He is Success, and I am Love." Then he added, "Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home."

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. "How nice!!", he said. "Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!"

His wife disagreed. "My dear, why don't we invite Success?"

Their daughter was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: "Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!"

"Let us heed our daughter's advice," said the husband to his wife.

"Go out and invite Love to be our guest."

The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, "Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest."

Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other 2 also got up and followed him. Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: "I only invited Love, Why are you coming in?"

The old men replied together: "If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would've stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!!!!! !"



Blogger David said...

This is a good story Attawie. It teaches a lesson about what is really important in life. There are many rich and successful people who are not happy, perhaps because they have no one to love, or no one who loves them. To give and receive love is a very important part of life.

5/06/2009 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Ghassan said...

Lovely story...and Great painter you are.

5/06/2009 11:16 PM  
Blogger Khalid from said...


A nice story to which I have the following:

"In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing."


5/07/2009 2:38 AM  
Blogger moonlight said...


Thank you for sharing this beautiful story which is so true and enlightening. Without love there may be sucess and wealth but they are bitter and cause lots of trouble. With love comes peace, wealth, and sucess, and many other things.

5/07/2009 4:45 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

oh bloody hell how can you gather so much cheesiness in one post? :D

hahaha :D women!

5/08/2009 11:50 PM  
Blogger Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Don't listen to Khalid, Attawie.

That was a beautiful story. I loved it. :)

5/14/2009 1:30 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...


you are also a women! you are a natural member of the cheesy awww-inspiring stories lovers by birth, i am sorry to say that your testimony doesnt count:D

haha i am sorry i am in the mood of being mean in this post's comments section :D :D :D

5/14/2009 11:10 AM  
Blogger attawie said...

That reminds me of
"The Greatest Thing
You'll Ever Learn
Is Just to love
and Be Loved in Return"

Thank you for passing by my blog. I checked your work. very impressive.

Khalid I,
When shall we expect your coming book in the arithmetic of love? You'll make ordinary arithmetics really angry.

True dear, with love comes a lot of sweet things. And the best love is the one that is shared in the family, especially when it's unconditional.

I bet you like this version of the story:
Same first paragraph but there was only one man with an orange beard.

The woman keeps inviting him in and he refuses. when the husband comes she invites him again and he asks "is there mandi, cheesecake and soda?"

the husband says we'll call for mandi. The wife says we have soda and the daughter says: I'll make cheesecake. He goes in happily.

glad you liked it and don't worry about khalid, your testimony counts for my :)

5/14/2009 1:15 PM  
Blogger Lynnette In Minnesota said...


It's all right. :) Khalid is a mere man, so we must take pity on him. :D


Cheesy? Ahh, Khalid, Khalid, Khalid, there really are women out there who do equate love with wealth and success. If you are lucky enough to find one, you have found the gold among the dross. :)

5/14/2009 9:11 PM  
Blogger David said...

"The Greatest Thing
You'll Ever Learn
Is Just to love
and Be Loved in Return"

Wisdom for the ages. :)

"Same first paragraph but there was only one man with an orange beard.

The woman keeps inviting him in and he refuses. when the husband comes she invites him again and he asks "is there mandi, cheesecake and soda?"

the husband says we'll call for mandi. The wife says we have soda and the daughter says: I'll make cheesecake. He goes in happily."

I am confused by this story. Does the man's beard turn orange by being dipped in cheese and soda? Is the man some sort of beggar looking for a free meal?

5/14/2009 10:08 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...


mean mean mean!

This horrible iraqi is making fun of poor me! i have an orange beard and like mandi (An originally Yemeni food) and cheesecake!!

and david just made her day with his comment, dipped in cheeskake and soda? begger?

**pulls beard out while crying out loud**

and Lynette, pray for me to be with that perfect girl! ;)

5/14/2009 10:42 PM  
Blogger Touta said...

i soo have to rain in on this story with reality, but i'm going to bite my tongue and pretend i believe it.

hehehehe, dipping beards, now i know what to do to old men who annoy me...grab them by the beard, and turn it orange.

5/15/2009 1:16 AM  
Blogger Lynnette In Minnesota said...


I am always on the side of true love. :) I hope you will, or have ;), found it.

Cheesecake? Oooooh, yummy! Cheesecake with caramel and chocolate drizzled on it is wonderful! :D

5/15/2009 1:30 AM  
Blogger David said...

Ok, now I'm really confused!

Khalid, you have an orange beard? Are you an Arab hippie or something? ;) In America, hippies are people who choose to walk some very unusual paths. If you are familiar with the 1960's youth rebellion in America, you have probably heard of hippies. They listened to counter-culture music, did a lot of drugs, and basically dropped out of what they considered establishment society. There are still some hippies around all these years later. Some of them like to dye their hair all sorts of bright colors.

Now I am very curious. Why do you have an orange beard Khalid?

5/15/2009 6:39 AM  
Blogger David said...

Touta, I sense that you are a bit of a naughty girl. :D

5/15/2009 6:40 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Amen to that! :D


O_O hippies!!!
first you thought i dip my beard in soda and cheesecake and now you decided i was hippie!! *cries and jumps up and down while screaming while throwing big peaces of chocolate on David**

man oh man!! who sent you! who asked you to ruin my life and my reputation! man oh man!

i have an orange beard because God thought its the right color for me, its nothing i have anything to do with!!!! and its not all orange, just the goaty of it, the rest is all black! **coool** :D


I sort of like answering to all comments here, would you like to take a break for a while? :D

5/16/2009 12:17 AM  
Blogger attawie said...

You got it. I'm a bit busy with something these days, so you can take the wheel. but remember "no clubbing, no drinking, and you guys stay away from drugs"

As for the rest of you :)
You all made me smile, thanks for leaving your comments and making me laugh. I'll update you all with a new post soon inshaAllah :)

5/16/2009 2:14 AM  
Blogger attawie said...

oh and Touta,

Go back to your books dear :)

5/16/2009 2:15 AM  
Blogger Khalid from said...


I have to thank you for writing about love and opening this healthy discussion.

As to your suggestion of writing a book on the arithmetic of love, thank you attawie, I would say it's a honor just to be nominated for writing such a complicated book. You see, to apply numbers to the chemistry of love is not an easy task because one plus one is not always equals everything. If you apply the theory of probability you end up with many funny or not funny scenarios. One possible Iraqi scenario is: 1 plus 1 equals 4, the man + the woman + her mother in law + Mathematical Set of confrontations between the women & her mother in law.

True love has been mentioned here but the reality it's so difficult to find a true love these days. There are far too many factors you must consider if you are really looking for a true love.

Have a look at "The culture of Love in my College" and you know what I mean:

To be honest with you, I believe it's more easier to find a true love in the east compared to your chances if you are searching in the west.


5/16/2009 4:47 AM  
Blogger David said...

Thank you very much for the chocolate Khalid, it is one of my favorite things to eat! :)

One thing about hippies that I respect and admire is that they are almost always very peaceful people. Just because they "follow the beat of a different drum" doesn't make them bad people in any sense, as far as I am concerned.

Some people hear God telling them to commit violent acts against their fellow human beings. I think that such behavior is far more reputation damaging than adding a bit of orange to one's goatee. I bow in respect to your **coolness**. :)

5/16/2009 10:26 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

:D :D :D

5/17/2009 12:37 AM  
Blogger Touta said...

"Touta, I sense that you are a bit of a naughty girl. :D"

.....not at all! *goes back to dying beards of annoying men orange*

oh, and attawie...*sigh* fine back to books...and as for the ""no clubbing, no drinking, and you guys stay away from drugs"". T'is such a bad rule. :P

(beards are ginger in the middle east, when women get annoyed with their men they replace the shaving foam with henna, then it is irreversibly dyed flaming orange. So KJ, who have you upset now? ;) )

5/17/2009 1:27 AM  
Blogger Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Ahhh, perhaps some nice purple streaks added to that orange goatee would set it off nicely... :D :P

5/17/2009 11:52 PM  
Blogger David said...


"...and as for the ""no clubbing, no drinking, and you guys stay away from drugs"". T'is such a bad rule. :P"

You are a Party Girl! :D

5/18/2009 9:55 AM  
Blogger attawie said...

Hi all,
That's if you're reading this comment :)

I came across this article today and it reminds me of this post.

I'm using these studies to defend my case ;)

5/24/2009 10:36 AM  
Blogger زهرة الراوي said...

I did :)
"unlike previous research, this study found that achieving goals doesn't always bring you happiness and wellness."
بصراحة كلش حسيت بيها ورة الجامعة .. لذلك الواحد لازم يكون حاطط بباله كذا هدف، من يخلص واحد يركض ورة اللاخ .. لو وكفنا لحظة بدون هدف راح ننهار !

شكراً أتاوي على المقال :)

6/19/2009 11:30 PM  

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