General, Espiritualidad

Year’s End

Annualdo, caja, INS, property taxes, insurance, presents for grandchildren, holiday entertaining, charitable giving—It all seems to come on us at once at the end of the year.

It reminds me of a story.

King Ozymandias of Assyria opened a second front in his war with the Hittites and was low on cash to forge more spears and shields. His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world.

Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan. Croesus said, «I’ll give you 100,000 dinars for it.»

«But I paid a million dinars for it,» the King protested. «Don’t you know who I am? I am the king!»

Croesus replied, «When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are.»

Happy New Year.