The devil’s best tool

Once upon a time the devil decided that he would venture into business. He offered all of his tools for sale. He attractively displayed all bad- looking lot: Malice, Hatred, Envy, Jealousy… Each was marked with a price tag.

Apart from them lay a harmless-looking wedge-shaped tool, very much worn out, but priced higher than any of the others. Someone asked the devil what tool that was.

“That is discouragement,” he replied. “But why is it priced so high?”. “Because,” answered the devil, “discouragement is more useful to me than all others. With discouragement I can pry open and get inside a person’s conscience, I can use him in any way that suits me the best. It is so much worn because I use it with nearly anybody, since very few people know it belongs to me.”

A person is never weaker than when he or she is fed-up, is down-in-the-dumps.