A man came before the elders of a village during the monthly village meeting. He sat and waited for his turn to speak. Finally, the elders called upon him.
“Yes, citizen, what is your problem.”
“My Bruder is too heavy; I can’t carry it any longer.” The man said.
The Elder paused for a moment then announced. “write your problems on a piece of paper.” The Elder said, then he turned to the room, “all of you write your burdens on a piece of paper.”
The people took paper and pen and wrote down their burdens.
“Now, all of you bring these to the podium and place them here in the box,” the Elder said, then pointed to the man who had asked for help. “place your folder in your pocket.”
The man did. The Elder motioned for him to come forward. He did. He drew a slip of paper from the box.
His face dropped.
“The elder asked, “would you rather carry that burden.”
“no,” the man answered
“Then draw agaub,” the Elder said.
The man drew until there were no papers left in the box.
He looked at the Elder and then at the stack of papers in front of him.
“Which one, then do you choose,” the Elder said.
The man reached into his pocket and said, “I choose the burden I carried into the room. I would rather have the burden I know.”
This work is Copyright DocAndersen. Any resemblance to people real or fictional in this piece is accidental (unless explicitly mentioned by name.)