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There was a man who made his living selling balloons at a fair.

He had all colours of balloons—red, yellow, green, blue, orange. They were vibrant and promised laughter and fun.

Whenever business was slow, the man would release a helium filled balloon into the air and when the children saw it go up, they all wanted to buy one too. They would come up to him, buy a balloon and his sales would go up again. He continued this process all day.

One day, he felt something tugging his jacket. He turned around and saw a little boy.

With concern in his eyes, the little boy asked, “If you release a black balloon, would that also fly?”

Moved by the boy’s concern, the man replied with empathy, “Son, it is not the colour of the balloon, it is what’s inside that makes it fly.”