I bet you are still wondering what the king did after he sat with his advisors? Did he choose to back down on his law, or did he decide to push forward with strength and honor?
The reality is that he did neither.
Instead, he went in search of a sage, someone who he felt was guided by God and a person of deep wisdom.
They gave him the following advice,
“Tell the people that all the beautiful women in the kingdom will be prohibited from wearing jewelry. Meanwhile, all the women who feel that jewelry is their only means of beautifying themselves, for them, jewelry will be allowed.”
The next day not a single woman was found wearing jewelry as none from amongst them felt they needed anything to amplify the beauty they were already given by God, in their eyes, they were already beautiful.
This sage thought of a way for the king to be respected, and for his law to be followed, meanwhile, this new path didn’t cause anyone to feel forced.
Who won at the end of the day? The king did.
What was the purpose of me telling you this story?
Well for one I love stories and thought I needed to share it.
But also, how many of us are kings and queens in our homes, families, and communities?
How many of us know that things need to be changed, but we only see two ways in front of us? Either backing down or being forceful? Both of which come with their own set of difficulties and may not be successful in the end.
Sometimes we are too impatient to realize that another path exists.
Be like the king and don’t give in completely. Have patience and wisdom in how you call the people to your path, for if you are too harsh they may turn away, and if you are too soft they may never realize the error in their ways.
Patience and Wisdom.
Sha’ban 22nd, 1440
April 28th, 2019
𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘶𝘳 𝘒. 𝘙𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴