Sunday, January 2, 2011
Once there was a group of man - a young hot-blooded chap
and a big number of old folks, doing timber job in a jungle.
This young chap is very hard working. He always continues
to work through his break time and complains that those old folks
were wasting time, having to break few times a day to drink and chat.
As times goes by, this young chap noticed that even though
he worked through break time and hardly took a rest.
those old folks are chopping the same amount of trees as he did
and sometimes did more than he did. It was as if those old folks work
through the break time as he did. So he decided to work harder
the next day. unfortunately the results were even worse.
One day, one of the old folk invited him for a drink during their break time.
That young chap refused and said he has no extra time to spend!
Then the old man smiled to him and said it was just a waste of effort
to keep chopping trees without re-sharpening your Axe. Sooner
or later you will give up or be so exhausted as you have spent
too much energy.
Suddenly the young chap realized that actually during break times while
those old folks were having a chat, they were also re-sharpening their Axe
at the same time! And that's how they can chop faster than him
and yet spending lesser time!
The old folk said what we need is efficiency by making use of our skill and ability
intelligently. Only then can we have more times to do other things.
Otherwise you will always keep saying ... I have no time!
Moral of the Story:
By taking a short break during work, it would make you feel fresher, think well
and work better after the break! (Or am I just finding excuse to take a break).
But by taking a break, it is not to stop work but to rest and re-think our strategy
to go about it from another angle.
There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the forth wife
the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies.
He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.
He also loved the third wife very much. He's very proud of her
and always wanted to show off her to his friends. However,
the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away
with some other men.
He too, loved his second wife. She is a very considerate person,
always patient and in fact is the merchant's confidante.
Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned
to his second wife and she would always help him out and tide him
through difficult times.
Now, the merchant's 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made
great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well
as taking care of the household. However, the merchant did not love
the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly
took notice of her.
One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he was going
to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself,
"Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I die, I'll be alone.
How lonely I'll be!"
Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I loved you most, endowed you with
the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying,
will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the 4th wife
and she walked away without another word.
The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant's heart.
The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you so much
for all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is so good over here! I'm going to remarry
when you die!" The merchant's heart sank and turned cold.
He then asked the 2nd wife, "I always turned to you for help and
you've always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When I die,
will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry, I can't help you out
this time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most, I can only send you
to your grave." The answer came like a bolt of thunder and
the merchant was devastated.
Then a voice called out : "I'll leave with you. I'll follow you no matter
where you go." The merchant looked up and there was his first wife.
She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition.
Greatly grieved, the merchant said, "I should have taken much better care
of you while I could have !"
Moral from The Beautiful Story:
Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives
a. The 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort
we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die.
b. Our 3rd wife ? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die,
they all go to others.
c. The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close
they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay
by us is up to the grave.
d. The 1st wife is in fact our soul, often neglected in our pursuit of material,
wealth and sensual pleasure.
Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go.
Perhaps it's a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than
to wait until we're on our deathbed to lament