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An Aged Ironsmith Prefers Carefree Life Than A Valuable Purple Clay Teapot

06.11.2009 · Posted in Home and Garden Articles

[I:15:J] Have you ever dreamed of getting a big, fat sum of money by chance? What if you could only have it at the cost of your peaceful life? Could you make a decision like the leading character of this true story?nnOn an old-fashioned street in China lies a small blacksmith’s shop. The shopkeeper is old and for him, the small shop is also his home. His old products have become increasingly hard to sell, but he’s stuck to his old sales style all the while: no hawking, no bargaining, and no closing at night.nnEveryone who passes by his shop sees him waiting on his bamboo chair, a small radio in his hand, and a Yixing purple clay teapot at his side. His income is just enough for his food and tea. He is getting so old that he does not need any extra things, so he is very content with his simple life.nnOne day an antique dealer happened to pass through the old street. By chance, he noticed the purple clay teapot beside the old blacksmith. The *** looked old and elegant, and was as dark as ink, which reminded the dealer of a master potter named Dai Zhengong.nnThe merchant could not help coming up to the ironsmith. He took up the teapot, and looked at it carefully. At the base of the spout, he found a small inscription with the name ‘Dai Zhengong.’ The merchant was pleased beyond expectation, for he knew clearly that each of the artist’s works was more valuable than its weight in gold.nnTo that point, only three of his pots were known to exist, one in the New York State Museum, another one in the Taiwan Palace Museum, and the third one is in the hands of an overseas Chinese in Thailand.nnThe curio dealer made an offer of 100,000 yuan (some USD $14,000++) for the purple clay teapot. The old smith almost jumped out of his skin, but at last he politely refused the incredible offer. Because his grandfather first used the ***, three generations of his family had enjoyed tea out of it. He could not end this tradition.nnThe ironsmith suffered insomnia for the first time in his life after the merchant was gone. Over the past sixty years, he had been brewing tea with this purple clay *** day after day. He always thought it was an ordinary teapot, but now it is strange that someone wanted to purchase it at such an incredible price! It was totally beyond his imagination and understanding.nn[I:16:J] In the past, he used to drink tea lying there, paying no attention to his teapot. At present, however, he sat up and stared at the *** for several minutes. This upset him quite a lot. When it got around that the ironsmith owned a precious purple clay teapot, people kept visiting his shop. Some wondered if he had another valuable thing, and some even asked him to lend money to them. Furthermore, some people would knock on his door late at night asking these questions. His life was thrown into confusion. He had no idea what to do about his ***.nnThe dealer paid a second visit to his shop offering 200,000 RMB, and the old blacksmith could not take it anymore. He called in some people from his neighborhood, and in their presence he broke his *** into pieces.nnAt present, the old black smith is 102 years old. He is still selling iron pans, axes, and dog chains.nnThe message from this story: The aged ironsmith deserted his priceless purple clay teapot, but regained his peaceful, carefree life again. Like him, sometimes we too need to give up something to get what we really want. Keep in mind: Minimum desire leads to happiness.

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