Long ago, there lived a King. This King should have been content with his
life, given all the riches and luxuries he had. However, this was not the
The King always found himself wondering why he just never seemed content
with his life. Sure, he had the attention of everyone wherever he went,
attended fancy dinners and parties, but somehow, he still felt something was
lacking and he couldn't put his finger on it.
One day, the King had woken up earlier than usual and decided to stroll
around his palace. He entered his huge living room and came to a stop when
he heard someone happily singing away. Following this singing, he saw that
one of the servants was singing and had a very content look on his face. This fascinated the King
and he summoned this man to his chambers.
The man, his servant, entered the King's chambers as ordered. The King asked
as to why he was so happy? To this the man replied: "Your Majesty, I am
nothing but a servant, but I make enough of a living to keep my wife and
children happy. We don't need too much, a roof over our head and warm food
to fill our tummy. My wife and children are my inspiration, they are content
with whatever little I bring home. I am happy because my family is happy."
Hearing this, the King dismissed the servant and summoned his Personal
Assistant to his chambers. The King related his personal anguish about his
feelings and then related the story of the servant to his Personal
Assistant, hoping that somehow, he will be able to come up with some
reasoning that here was a King who could have anything he wished for at a snap of his fingers and yet was not contended,
whereas, his servant, having so little was extremely contended.
The Personal Assistant listened attentively and come to a conclusion. He
said "Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of the
'99' Club." "The '99' Club? and what exactly is that?" the King inquired. To
which the Assistant replied, "Your Majesty, to truly know what The "99" Club
is, you will have to do the following: place 99 Gold Coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's
doorstep, you will then understand what The "99" Club is."
That very same evening, the King arranged for 99 Gold coins to be placed in
bag at the servant's doorstep. Although he was slightly hesitant and he
thought he should have put 100 Gold Coins in the bag, but since his
assistant had advised him to put 99 that is what he did.
The servant was just stepping out of his house when he saw a bag at his
doorstep. Wondering about its contents, he took it into his house and opened
the bag. When he opened the bag he let out a great big shout of joy...Gold
Coins...so many of them. He could hardly believe it. He called his wife to
show her the coins and they were besides themselves. He then took the bag to
a table and emptied it out and began to count the coins. Doing so, he
realized that there were 99 coins and he thought it was an odd number so he
counted again, and again and again only to come to the same conclusion...99
Gold Coins.. He began to wonder, what could have happened to that last 1
coin? For no one would leave 99 coins. He began to search his entire house,
looked around his backyard for hours, not wanting to lose out on that one
coin. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work
harder than ever to make up for that 1 Gold coin to make his entire collection an even 100
He got up the next morning, in an extremely horrible mood, shouting at the
children and his wife for his delay, not realizing that he had spent most of
the night up conjuring ways of working hard so that he had enough money to
buy himself that gold coin. He went to work as usual only not in his usual best mood, singing
happily and whistling all day. He didn't even seem to notice that the King
was watching him as he grumpily did his daily errands.
Seeing the man's attitude change so drastically, the King was puzzled. He
promptly summoned his assistant to his chambers. The King related his
thoughts about the servant and once again, his assistant listened. The King
could not believe that the servant who until yesterday had been singing away
and was happy and content with his life had taken a sudden change of
attitude, even though he should have been happier after receiving the gold
To this the assistant replied "Ah but your Majesty, the servant has now
officially joined The 99 Club." He explained: "The 99 Club is just a name
given to those people who have everything but yet are never content,
therefore they are always working hard and striving for that extra 1 to round it out to 100! We have so much
to be thankful for and we can live with very little in our lives, but the
minute we are given something bigger and better, we want even more! We are
not the same happy contented person we used to be, we want more and more and
by wanting more and more we don't realize the price we pay for it. We lose
our sleep, our happiness; we hurt the people around us just as a price to pay for our growing needs and
desires. That is what joining The 99 Club is all about."
Hearing this the King decided that from that day onwards, he was going to
start appreciating all the little things in life.
Striving for more is always good, but lets not strive so hard and for so
much that we lose all those near and dear to our heart. We shouldn't compromise our happiness for moments of luxuries!