Orthodox Byzantine Chants
Holy Mount Athos
Once there were three women who were going on a walk when they suddenly saw in front of them, down in a pit, a woman who had fallen there. To their surprise, they realized that the name of that woman was Happiness.
Then the first woman told her:
“My happiness, I want to make me be beautiful!”
She immediately turned into a beautiful woman and left happily.
The second woman said to Happiness:
“I want to become rich.”
All of a sudden it appeared before her a bag full of gold and diamonds and the woman grabbed it and left.
The third woman waited silently. Happiness, from the pit where she was, cried out: “Now, tell me what you want to give you?”
The third woman bent over the pit, raised her hand and said:
“Give me your hand!” And she took Happiness out of that pit. Then she continued her way…But Happiness smiled and followed her wherever she went…