The Way of Thinking
A four year old boy was walking in a
market with his six year old
sister. Suddenly the boy found that his
sister stopped her walking
at a shop. He stopped and looked back.
His sister was standing in
front of a toy shop and was watching
something with a great interest.
The boy went back to her and asked:
“Do you want something?”
His sister pointed at the doll. The boy
held her hand and like a
responsible elder brother, gave that
doll to her.The sister was very
very happy… The shopkeeper was
watching everything and getting
amused to see the matured behaviour
of the boy. Then the four year
old boy came to the counter and talked
to the shopkeeper.
The boy asked “Sir, What is the cost of
this doll ?”
The shopkeeper was a cool man and
had experienced the odds
of life. So he asked the boy with a lot
of love and affection:
“Well, What can you pay?”
The boy took out all the sea shells
that he had collected from the
seashore, from his pocket and gave
them to the shopkeeper. The
shopkeeper took the sea shells and
started counting as if he were
counting the currency. Then he looked
at the boy.
The boy asked him worriedly: “Is it
The shopkeeper said,”No, No
gentleman …These are more than the
cost. So I will return the remaining.”
Saying so, he kept only 4 shells
with him and returned the remaining.
The boy very happily kept those shells
back in his pocket and went
away with his sister. The boy and his
sister left the shop happily with
A servant in that shop got very
surprised watching all these.
He asked his master: ” Sir, You gave
away such a costly doll
just for 4 shells???”
The shopkeeper said with a smile:
“Well, for us these are only shells.
But for that boy, these shells are very
precious. And in this age,
he does not understand what money
is, but when he will grow up,
he definitely will. And when he would
remember that he purchased a
doll with the Shells instead of Money,
he will remember Me and think
that the world is full of Good people.
He will develop positive thinking.