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by Michelle Tocher

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Thankful Wazir

Themes: Gratitude | Reward

One can never know what good will come of bad and so I give thanks for everything.

When the king cut off his finger, I suggested that it might improve his hearing. When he lost his temper and sent me to prison, I thanked him.

Of course, I had no idea what went on with the king during the time I was incarcerated, but one day he came in and freed me. Because of me, he said, he had made friends with his worst enemy.

Now do you see why I give thanks for everything?

The Thankful Wazir in The Thanksgiving of the Wazir, Olive Fairy Book. Painting by Johan Zoffany.

Thankful Wazir