A wealthy man who lived a comfortable life had many people who flocked around him frequently. Some neighbours came to him for financial assistance and he helped as much as he could. He had lots of friends too.
They drank and made merry with him. He felt really happy to know that people loved him and enjoyed his company.
One morning, he was in a hurry for an emergency board meeting with foreigners who were interested in investing in his company.
His car developed a fault and he couldn’t wait to get it fixed so he decided to board a public transport. When he got out of his house, as usual people who knew him exchanged pleasantries with him. He met over seven different friends who admired his outfit.
He got out of his street to the next where he came across a beggar. The beggar called after him, but he said that he was in a hurry and didn’t have the time to spare him some money. Still, the beggar insisted he stopped which he reluctantly did.
Then the beggar said to him, “Sir, your shoes. They are different from each other” The man for the first time that day looked at the shoes he was putting on and to his dismay, he was putting on a brown-coloured shoe on his left foot and a black-coloured sandal on his right foot and both had different design patterns.
He felt like a fool. He wondered why all the people he met on his way never told him anything even the ones he had rendered help to. Yet this poor beggar who knew nothing about him told him the truth about himself.
Lessons of the story: Don’t be fooled by the ‘love’ showered towards you by people around you(either friends or relatives). Most often than not, people will only love you for what you have. But believe me when I tell you that behind most of their smiles lies a dark masked heart