The Djinn said “Certainly, Master; I have granted your wish; the gold is yours. But you must remember:When you open the chest you are not to think of your fortune. Failure to follow these instructions will gain you nothing; your lack of proper focus will empty the box of its contents, as surely as though it never existed.” As the young man raised the lid he said to himself “I am not thinking of gold”.
After decades of being together, a loving couple now argues often. After a struggle has spent their energy, each says to themself “When next we speak I will not do so with angry words.”