4 wives!!

Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives.

He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and
treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the

He also loved the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to
neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave
him for another.

He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidant and was always kind,
considerate and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he
could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult

The King’s 1st wife was a very loyal partner and had made great
contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However,
he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply,
he hardly took notice of her !

One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short.
He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, “I now have four wives
with me, but when I die, I’ll be all alone.”

Thus, he asked the 4th wife, “I have 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
4th wife, and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like
a sharp knife right into his heart.

The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, “I have loved you all my life. Now
that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”

“No!”, replied the 3rd wife. “Life is too good! When you die, I’m going
to remarry!”

His heart sank and turned cold.

He then asked the 2nd wife, “I have always turned to you for help and
you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep
me company?”

“I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!”, replied the 2nd wife. “At
the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.” Her answer
struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated.

Then a voice called out: “I’ll go with you. I’ll follow you no matter
where you go.”

The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as
she suffered from malnutrition and neglect.

Greatly grieved, the King said, “I should have taken much better care
of you when I had the chance!”

In truth, we all have the 4 wives in our lives:
Our 4th 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 3rd wife is our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.

Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.

And our 1st wife is our Soul. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout Eternity.

Received this in my inbox today and found it so thought provoking I must share it with you.

Maybe you’ve already read it before, still a good reminder for your soul.

Although it has nothing to do with the highway it is about coming to end of your journey and finding out what is really important to you and whether you have focused your time and energy on the right priorities.

Enjoy your weekend!

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9 responses to “4 wives!!

  1. Thanks for sharing this rather thought-provoking story.

  2. Oh dear. So how do we feed the fourth wife to keep her from being malnourished?

  3. @Sicarii – thanks, glad it was thought-provoking for you too!

    @Cheng Leng – tough one, guess it’s different for everyone.

    Thanks for both the comments 🙂

  4. hin puay

    Cool story!

  5. @hin puay – thanks for dropping by. Glad you liked it 🙂

  6. xinyun

    very meaningful 🙂
    thanks for sharing.

  7. @xinyun – thanks for stopping by, glad you found it meaningful 🙂

  8. very insightful, not sure if im interested in having any wives
    but 4 husbands sounds good.

    btw you commented on my old blog called Streetlights and Raindrops
    [i really do hope you remember it.]
    well it was moved to a new site, journal.marisaduma.net

    gonna subscribe to your feed. take care 😉

  9. @Marisa Duma – thanks a lot on your visit and subscribe! Will visit your new site too! 4 husbands!? haha…

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