FACT: Idleness can sometimes be a curse.
A lazy grasshopper laughed at a little ant as she was always busy gathering food. “Why are you working so hard?” asked the grasshopper “come into the sunshine and listen to my happy notes.” But the ant went on her work. She said “I am storing food for the winter. Sunny days won’t last forever.”
“Winter is so far away, “laughed the grasshopper back. And when winter came as it perennially does, the ant settled down in her comfortable house. She had plenty of food to last the whole winter. The grasshopper had nothing to eat so he went to the ant and begged her for a little corn.
“No”, replied the ant, “you laughed at me when I worked. You yourself sang through the summer. So dance the winter away on an empty stomach.”
FACT: Don’t count your rewards before you have earned them or before you have followed through with your plans to reach the rewards.
A milk-maid milked her cows and was returning home with a pail of milk on her head. She thought, “I will make cream and butter out of this milk. Then selling them, I will buy eggs which upon hatching will make a good poultry farm.” She further thought, “I shall sell some of my fowls and buy a fine dress which all the boys will admire. But I will turn them away just teasing them.”
Lost in daydreams, she forgot about the pail of milk on her head and when she tossed her head with a jerk the pail of milk crashed to the ground. The pail was broken and all the milk got spilt. “Dear O dear!” she cried, “I have lost some of my hopes and plans for a better future.”
FACT: Slow and steady can also win a race or goal or reward.
A hare was roaming near a lake in the woods. Suddenly he saw a tortoise and mocked him saying- “Hurry up, you slow poke! Don’t you find life very dull taking so long to cover a few meters? I could have run to the other side of the lake by now.”
The tortoise felt teased and dared the hare to a race. The race was to be through the forest to a fixed goal. The hare agreed laughing. In a few minutes he was away and out of sight.
“What an amusing race it is!” the hare said to himself, “I am already half-way through but it is too cold so why don’t I have a nap in the warm sunshine?”
The tortoise walked steadily on and on and in a short time, he passed by the sleeping hare.
The hare slept far longer than he had intended and when he looked around in surprise he said to himself, ”Not even a sign of the poor tortoise anywhere so far. I had better run along and finish the race.”
The hare ran to the goal. He was amazed to see all the animals cheering the tortoise who had arrived just a minute earlier. How ashamed he felt indeed for having boasted unnecessarily!
FACT: Trying to trick your friends seldom works nor is it advisable for a good reputation if you have one.
A fox was once caught in a trap by the tail which was soon severed and left in the trap. “How ugly I shall look!” moaned the fox, “won’t the other foxes laugh at me?”
Thinking hard, the fox thought of a plan to save herself from being laughed at. She called a meeting of her friends and said, “Fellows! Have you ever wondered why we carry these long tails? Let us cut them off and be free from their nuisance.”
But the other foxes had noticed her cut off tail and they laughed aloud and replied, “You used to say that tails looked very fine when your own was all right. Now that you have lost yours, you want us to lose ours too!”
FACT: Beware of finding fault in others because your faults may be pointed out too.
One day a peacock met a crane and said, “So sorry for you. You have such dull feathers compared to my bright colored feathers.” “Well!” replied the crane, “yours look brighter than mine but I can fly high up into the sky at will, all that you can do is to strut about on the ground looking pretty.”
FACT: Don’t fear idle or insincere threats.
Once a Lark made her nest in a farmer’s cornfield and a few days later small birds hatched out of the eggs. One day the baby larks overheard the farmer say, “I will call my neighbors to reap this field.”
The baby larks got alarmed and told their mother about this. “Don’t worry,” said the mother. Some days later, the farmer came again and said, ”I will call my relatives to reap this field.” The baby larks were afraid again. “Fear not,” said their mother.
But the next day the farmer came there with his little son and said, “I will reap this field tomorrow.”
“Now is the time to go. When a man says he will do the work himself, he will certainly do it,” said the mother lark.
FACT: Life is dear to everyone.
A farmer’s boy went into his field where there was a pig and some sheep. He picked up the pig which squealed aloud. “Why are you making a fuss? When the boy catches us, we never cry.” said a sheep.
“Shut up, cried the pig, “the shepherd wants only your wool but this boy is taking me away to kill me for my meat.”
FACT: Spending money now on an urgent need is better than investing it unwisely hoping to get more in the future.
A fisherman had been fishing for a long time and caught a small fish in the net. “Please let me go,” begged the fish, “I will grow bigger in a few days and then you can catch me again.”
The fisherman said, “Now that I have caught you I won’t let you go. If I leave you, I may never see you again.”
FACT: Don’t let others exploit your basic good nature towards others.
Once a wolf saw a goat atop a hill and said, “Come down here, miss goat! The grass is greener and longer.”
“Thank you,” answered the goat, “the grass down there may be much better, but, if I come down you will get a good meal. So, I prefer to stay here-where you can’t reach me. At least I am quite safe.
FACT: Where there is a will there is a way.
A thirsty crow once found a pitcher with a little water in it. But when he tried to drink the water, he could not. The pitcher was tall and his beak didn’t reach the water.
The clever crow thought a bit and hit upon a plan. He dropped pebbles into the pitcher and the water rose up to its neck and the crow quenched his thirst.
FACT: Great force or coercion sometimes is not as effective as a persuasive gentle and eventual stronger means to get the job done.
The Wind and Sun both thought they were stronger and agreed to a trial of strength. “Here comes a traveler. Let us see who can strip him of his cloak,” said the Sun. The Wind agreed and chose to have the first turn. He blew the hardest possible way but the traveler wrapped his cloak even more tightly around his body.
Then it was the turn of the Sun. At first he shone very gently. So, the traveler loosened his cloak from his neck. The Sun went on shining brighter and brighter. The traveler felt hot. Before long he took off his cloak and put it in his bag. The Wind had to accept his defeat.
FACT: Excessive pride or inflexible rigid organizations which can’t adapt to necessary changes can be easily destroyed in crises situations.
The mighty strong oak thought. “I stand upright and don’t bend in fear every time the wind blows but these weeds are really so weak.”
That night a great storm uprooted the mighty oak tree and the reeds sighed-“Thank goodness our way is better. We bend and we don’t break!”
FACT: Lost time cannot be recovered once it is spent unwisely.
Two foxes watched a wild boar sharpening his tusks on a tree trunk. “Why do you do that?” asked one of the foxes, “the huntsmen are not out today.”
“Let that be so,” answered the boar, “but whenever my life is in danger, I shall need my tusks and there will be no time to sharpen them.”
FACT: Fighting over small issues can lead to bigger problems.
Fighting over small issues can detract your attention from brewing big problems which are more important and need your attention sooner.
FACT: Prepare your knowledge and skills so that when opportunity knocks you will be able to grab it and maintain the gains without losing them to incompetence.
FACT: Bad actions will eventually punish you in the long run no matter how desperately you try to conceal them from others.
FACT: Honesty is usually rewarded with a good long lasting reputation admired by all except the immoral and jealous people.
FACT: Do not be vain about your beauty because beauty eventually fades and you will have to live with your flawed personality which you may have tried to hide with your beauty.
FACT: Don’t blindly believe what others say because they may be putting up a false front to get something out of you whether it is money, a material possession, a free favor, or all of them.
FACT: Never trust a known betrayer, however sweet his or her words seem to you at the moment for you will pay dearly in the long run.
FACT: There is safety in numbers but you will be hurt in the long run if their behaviors and actions are immoral or unjust.
FACT: Extreme miserliness leads to an unfulfilling life.
Only hoarding or saving money throughout a lifetime without investing it in people or organizations or not using money to enjoy some of life’s adventures leads to a life of regret in old age for things not done or seen.
FACT: You can’t please everyone at the same time.
The larger the group of people which you are trying to please the less likelihood there is that you will please everyone in that group.
FACT: Safety is valued very highly by most.
The security of a paycheck and the fear of losing it is often valued more highly than other life activities and problems.
FACT: Sometimes be good to someone who harms you and give them a second chance to do better. Assume that some but not all people have made an honest mistake and truly never meant to harm you.
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