The Third Goat!

Recently I read a story on WhatsApp which gives the message of enjoying life with what we have. The story goes something like this,
Once two school going friends rounded up three goats from the neighborhood and painted the numbers 1, 2 and 4 on their sides. They then let the goats loose inside their school building in the night. The next morning, when the authorities entered the school, they could smell something was wrong. They soon saw goat droppings on the stairs and near the entrance and realized that some goats had entered the building.
A search was immediately launched and very soon, the three goats were found. But the authorities were worried, where was goat No. 3? They spent the rest of the day looking for goat No.3. The school declared classes off for the students for the rest of the day. The teachers, helpers, guards, canteen staffs, boys were all busy looking for the goat No. 3, which, of course, was never found. Simply because it did not exist.
The message further goes on to say that many of us feel a “lack of fulfilment” in spite of having a good life and keep looking for the elusive, missing, non-existent Goat No.3. An absence of something becomes larger than the presence of many other things and we waste out time being unhappy.
Agreed! But then isn’t it the elusive third goat that makes man push himself a little more? It is the thought of a third goat somewhere that does not allow us to be content with what we have, does not allow us to breathe easy and nudges us to to try a little more, achieve a little more and make a little more difference than before. It is the thought of searching for the non existent third goat that can open the doors to new adventures, never before experiences and unbeknownst frontiers; besides who knows one may stumble upon hidden treasures under the name of serendipity, chance, luck.
The third goat to me is the question ‘what if’, a precursor to discovery and invention. It is the search of the idea of having something somewhere that has prompted our advancement as a species. The idea of having people like us somewhere else too led to the discovery of new lands, races, cultures, and the thought of a life somewhere made man improvise and explore the space, what if an atom has more than the three sub atomic particles led to the discovery of bosons, fermions and quarks. And these discoveries have led to more hope of being able to break the barriers and find something new or delve into the unknown for better.
Every one has a different take on fulfillment; for some unquenching thirst is more fulfilling than to sit idly by and accept what is, for others the knowledge that there might not be a third goat brings peace. So, to each their own.
To me well, no harm in double checking than to be shocked and surprised by the appearance of the third goat after having decided to kick back and relax.😃

4 Comments Add yours

  1. lgrainger125 says:

    I love the story you told and the food for thought. Your ending made me realize that I don’t like to be surprised by the third goat.


    1. A. Shruti says:

      Glad you liked it.


  2. This is definitely a different way of looking at things (or things that aren’t really there). I will have to ponder on this for a while and see if I like the third goat or not!

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    1. A. Shruti says:

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thought. What would you do with the third goat?


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