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One Sock

Andrew Matthews tells this touching and inspiring story:

On a bicycle ride around the world, my friend Aden stopped awhile in a West African village to help build a bakery. Aden said:

It took us several months to build the bakery. We made the bricks from crushed anthills. Every day the village children came to help. None of the kids had shoes but one happy little guy always wore one sock – no shoes, just a sock. He was about 10 years old. I called him One Sock.
Eventually my curiosity got the better of me. I said, “One Sock, tell me about this sock you always wear.”
He said proudly, “My Mum washes it every night. I wear it every day.”
I said, “Yes, but why do you wear one?”
He seemed surprised by my silly question, and then he smiled broadly and said, “Because I only have one!”
Don’t you just love this litte chap? What a wonderful story of gratitude and the ability to be happy in all circumstances.
Perhaps, it’s a good time for us to think of our own attitude towards what we have and what we believe to be missing in our lives. Are we happy with what we have or has our desire for what we don’t have made us bitter, dissatisfied and unhappy?

Happiness comes from focusing on what you have, not on what’s missing.

happiness is focusing on what you have



  1. Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues April 23, 2010

    @ Srini – Nice quote from you. Good to see some new posts on your blog.

  2. Srini Srini April 3, 2010

    Haha… nice little story 🙂

    "Happiness is not defined by obtaining everything you want, but by appreciating everything you have."

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