A Leelanau Parable
|The Third Coast
There once was a wealthy man in Leelanau who built a fine house on the shore of Big Glen Lake.
It was a magnificent structure of many rooms, richly appointed in oak and natural stone.
Caretakers were employed to maintain the beauty of the house and grounds.
The wealthy man had fine houses in other areas, and would only visit his Leelanau house occasionally.
Now the wealthy man had a less well-to-do neighbor in Leelanau whose cottage had a distant view of the lake.
It was a modest dwelling of simple design with basic, yet comfortable features.
The neighbor took great satisfaction in working on his cottage and yard - painting, fixing things, cutting the grass, and more.
The neighbor had a modest home in another location, but visited his Leelanau cottage frequently - spending as much time there as possible.
Now which of these men do you think was more content in Leelanau?
The wealthy man - or his less well-to-do neighbor?
Truly, it seems that ...
The more a man has, the less satisfying are his many possessions.
And the less a man has, the more satisfying are his few possessions ...