In a small chocolate box cabin, on the edge of an obscurity
forests dwells a wizard with an incredible secret power. One day
he was meandering along a winding path deep in the forest. He came
upon a broody, unhappy boy who was sitting on a log. Resting his
elbows on his knees, he held his head in his hands and appeared
to be very miserable indeed.
"Why the grim look?" remarked the wizard.
There was no reply...just a feeble grunt and weighty sigh!
"Come over here young man and look at this very old tree."
The boy stood up still looking glum and with his head hung
low meandered over to the wizard. "This tree has been around for
many hundreds of years and never has it been sad for one moment.
I have learnt its secret, therefore I am going to share with you
the greatest gift any human can possess, but before I do, you must
first complete a mission I will present to you...."
"I know today is your twelfth birthday...You must keep a smile
on your face for one year and never moan or groan. I will be following
you around in my invisible form. When you feel the whiff of a breezes
on your face you will sense my presence The very first time you stop
smiling, moan or groan I will disappear forever and you will never
know my secret power that will be passed to you next year. You will
lose the greatest gift on earth and will be just like all the other
mortals that live a wretched unhappy life."
The young boy eyes began to water and tears fell down his cheek
like a waterfall cascading down a mountain side.
"That is good sign," remarked the wizard.
"Get rid of all your pent-up tension and unhappiness. Remember
this...You have but one life on earth and you cannot afford to spend
one moment in misery. From this moment on you will be conscious of the
smile on your face and you will understand that if the smile fades for
just one moment, you will lose contact with me and the secret power
that I will bestow on you in a years time, will be lost, like a snowflake
in a fire."
The boys tears suddenly dried-up and a radiant smile beamed bright.
Suddenly a strong wind blew and all the fallen leaves scattered all
around the young boy. When the wind subsided the wizard was gone.
The youngster felt rejuvenated and although all the worries and
problems he had still existed, his disposition was quite different. He
launched into a merry jog and sang a happy song as he made his way out
of the forest and back to his home to confront his problems and resolve
Every morning, upon awakening he would go over to the mirror and
make sure his smile was still in place. It seemed to get bigger and
brighter every day...As the smile grew brighter, his demeanor, conduct
and manner improved. Everyone remarked how different he was. Some mean
spirited people tried to change his smile into a frown, but none could.
It was engraved on his face like an exquisite incandescent photo.
At the end of the year the wizard suddenly appeared from out of
the blue and declared..."Your disposition and nature has been extraordinary
noticeable. Your luminous smile is a joy for all folks to behold. I will
now share with you the greatest secret power in the world that I possess."
The excited teenager held his breath in anticipation.
"The truth of the matter is, I do not have any secret power more
powerful than the one you possess. The smile you have on your face right
now is the greatest power in the world. Once your face radiates with joy,
you are empowered with the greatest gift any human can possess whilst they
live on earth. Now that you have experienced that power I know there will
be no going back to your old worried frown."
The young mans faced beamed even brighter and he threw his arms
around the wizard and gave him a loving hug....
"I thought that was going to be the secret. I'm so glad that I will
not be disappointed and given some golden magic charm or trinket."
As he hugged the wizard a strong gust sprung up and he was left
giving himself a big hug. I wonder if I have been having a dream he
thought...But just then a light breeze tickled his cheek and shivers
ran down his spine like a mild electric current...This lit up his face
more than ever and he said out loud..."Today I am thirteen years of age
and the present I want more than anything else is to find out how many
people I can help smile today!" All at once he realized he had become
a wizard on his thirteenth birthday.