The man invited the Monk to stay with him as his guest.
While the family and their guest ate, the man happily explained how the family's fortunes had changed.
"You see, Father, when we were very poor, we depended completely on a cow that we had for all our sustenance. We relied on that cow for everything that we had. Then, one day, someone stole the cow. We were devastated, but we had to do something to survive and make ends meet. That is when we had to discover new abilities within ourselves, abilities we did not even realize that we had. When our cow was stolen, we discovered our true talents and we have prospered ever since.