By Akorede Ajibade
Jaba was an unfortunate poor man. His home was extremely poor also, a small and empty house, where mice made their nests, spiders made their webs, cockroaches made a living , ants dwel and mosquitoes call home.
A lot of People avoided coming into Jaba’s house. Why should they go into those poor wrecks? Poor Jaba always thought that poverty is the reason of his misfortunes, his perpetual destiny. So on this day, the poor Jaba met a magician and complained bitterly to him about his poverty and miserable life.
The wizard felt sorry for him and gave him an exceptional vase. And said:
“This is a magical vase that will save you from poverty”.
Jaba took the vase and headed to the market, he wanted to sell it at first and then spend the money on alcohol, as usual, after all, why would he need such a beautiful thing? But then he started admiring the vase and couldn’t take it to the market. He brought the vase home, put it on the table and started admiring it.
“It is not right for such a beautiful thing to be empty”, Jaba thought. So he picked some wildflowers and put them into the vase.
It became even more beautiful.
“Not good”, the poor Jaba thought again, that such a beautiful thing stands next to a spider web.
Now Jaba started cleaning his house from spider webs, sweeping out cockroaches and mice, cleaning the dust, washing the floor and the walls, whitening the ceiling. And it became clear that his house wasn’t poor, but rather warm and convenient.
The poor Jaba was not a poor man anymore, but a hard working host, who had no time for the thoughts about misfortune.