Soul Mate… It’s a good idea to encourage and strengthen our souls. Now that we are strong, rather than to wait until we’re on our deathbed to lament.
Once upon a time, there lived a rich merchant name Obiajulu in the Land of Amaezu Odeke, who had 4 wives.
Obiajulu loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies and gave her nothing but the best.
He also loved the 3rd wife very much.
He’s very proud of her and always wanted to show her to his friends and also goes to functions and ceremonies with her.
Such as a wedding, party, naming ceremony, church, etc. However, the merchant is always in fear that she might run away with some other men and leave him.
He loved his 2nd wife too, she is a very considerate person, always patient & in fact is the merchant’s confidante.
Anytime he is faced with some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times.
Obiajulu’s 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining the wealth and business of her husband.
As well as taking care of the household. But the merchant never loved her and will always despise her, even when he knows that she loved him deeply.
He hardly took notice of her and never care for her and always looking down on her. One day, the merchant fell ill and it was revealed to him that he is going to die soon.
And he said to himself, Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I die, I’ll be alone. How lonely I’ll be.
So, he went to his 4th wife.
And said to her I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you.
Now I am going to die, will you follow me and keep me company? “No way!” said the 4th wife, I can not do that and she walked away without another word.
Her reply cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant’s heart. He went out with his heart filled with sadness then.
He went to the 3rd wife.
And said to her I have loved you so much for all my life. I hope you will follow me now I’m dying, and keep me company?
“No!” replied the 3rd wife. “Life is so good and precious over here! I’m going to remarry when you die!” The merchant’s heart sank and turned cold.
He now said to the 2nd wife.
I always turned to you for help and you’ve always helped me out. Now I need your help again. As am about to die, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“I’m sorry said the 2nd wife. I can’t help you out this time! “the best I can do for you, Is to escort you to your grave.” An answer came like a bolt of thunder & the merchant was devastated.
Immediately a voice called out and said: I will leave with you, wherever you go I will follow you. He looked up and discover it was his 1st wife.
She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition as a result of not taking good care of.
He greatly grieved, and said, “I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!
Truly, we all have 4 wives in our lives that we live with on a daily basis. The 4th wife of everyone is his or her body.
No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it’ll leave us when we die.
The 3rd wife is our possessions, riches, status and wealth. They all go to others immediately we die.
The 2nd wife is our family and friends.
No matter how they loved us or how close they had been to us when we’re alive. The most distant they can stay by us is up to the grave and will go away.
The 1st wife is, in fact, our soul, which we often neglected in our pursuit of material wealth & pleasure.
Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go even when we might have died.
Perhaps it’s a good idea to cultivate and strengthen our souls.
Now that we are strong, rather than to wait until we’re on our deathbed to lament.