One Night

Smiling Buddha by ~DubriZona via deviantART

One night, a warrior, a merchant, and a monk traveled a dark forest path. They walked through the woods calmly until they reached a clearing. A strong gust of wind blew out the lantern that guided their feet to find their path.

The warrior tensed. He said, “Stay close. We might be ambushed.”

“My precious goods!” the merchant exclaimed.

The monk just smiled silently while staring up.

“Why are you smiling? It’s dark, and we might be in trouble. We don’t know what’s out there,” the warrior reprimanded.

“So why worry?” the monk replied. With an eloquent finger, he pointed to the sky and smiled some more while saying, “I’m smiling because this, I know and I enjoy. Only in the darkness do stars shine their brightest.”

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