Two buckets, tired after a day’s work, sat down to rest. One of the buckets was always grumbling. It never looked at life cheerfully.
As it rested outside the well it said to the other bucket,“I’m tired of the life we lead. However full we are when we are drawn up out of the well, we are sent back empty again.This makes me very dissatisfied.”
The second bucket was of a different nature. It did not believe in grumbling. It always looked at life positively. It said,“That’s true. But I always look at it this way – that however empty we are when we are sent down, we are always full when drawn up.”
Moral: It is good to look on the brighter side of life.
The Bat and the Weasels
A Bat who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. The Bat assured him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, and thus was set free. Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel,whom he likewise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice. The Bat assured him that he was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second time escaped.
Moral : It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.
The Ass in the Lion’s Skin
An Ass once found a Lion’s skin which the hunters had left out in the sun to dry.
He put it on and went towards his native village. All fled at his approach, both men and animals, and he was a proud Ass that day. In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed, but then every one knew him, and his owner came up and gave him a sound cudgelling for the fright he had caused. And shortly afterwards a Fox came up to him and said: “Ah, I knew you by your voice.”
Moral : Fine clothes may disguise, but silly words will disclose a fool.
The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
A man and his wife owned a very special goose. Every day the goose would lay a golden egg, which made the couple very rich.
”Just think,” said the man’s wife, “If we could have all the golden eggs that are inside the goose, we could be richer much faster.”
”You’re right,” said her husband, “We wouldn’t have to wait for the goose to lay her egg every day.”
So, the couple killed the goose and cut her open, only to find that she was just like every other goose. She had no golden eggs inside of her at all, and they had no more golden eggs.
Moral : Too much greed results in nothing.
The Peacock’s Complaint
A peacock was very unhappy with his ugly voice, and he spent most of his days complaining about it. “It is true that you cannot sing,” said the fox, “But look how beautiful you are!”
”Oh, but what good is all this beauty,” moaned the dishearten bird, “with such an unpleasant voice!”
”Oh hear,” said the fox, “Each one has it’s special gift. You have such beauty, the nightingale has his song, the owl has his eyes, and the eagle his strength. Even if you had a eloquent voice, you would still complain about another thing.”
Moral : Do not envy the gifts of others. Make the most of your own.
The Rooster And The Jewel
A very hungry rooster was scratching and digging in the dirt looking for food. He scratched and dug and finally found a beautiful jewel. He was amazed at how the gem shone glittered.
“This is a very fine and beautiful thing,” he thought, “but I would rather have one tasty kernel of corn instead.”
Moral : What is a treasure to one may be worthless to another.
THE MEN AND THE BEAR
Two men were strolling down a forest path when they came across a bear. One man scampered up a tree and escaped the bear’s claws. The other man knew there was nothing he could do, so he dropped to the ground and played dead.
The bear went up to the man and sniffed about his ears. He pawed at him a few times. Thinking the man was dead, the bear walked away.
After the bear left, his friend came down from the tree.
“What did the bear say to you, friend, when he whispered in your ear?” asked his friend. “Oh,” answered his friend, “He just told me that I should consider about traveling with friends who run out on their friends in times of trouble.”
Moral : Friendship is tested in times of trouble.
THE BOYS AND THE FROGS
Some boys were playing around a pond when they spotted a group of frogs hopping and swimming about in the water. The boys began to throw rocks at the frogs and even competed against each other as to who could hit the most frogs. Sometimes the rocks hit the frogs so hard that they died.
Finally one frog hopped upon a lily pad. “Please stop,” he pleaded, “What may seem just fun to you is death to us.”
Moral : We should not have our pleasures at the expense of others.
The Bear and the bees
A bear came across a log where a swarm of bees had nested to make their honey. As he snooped around, a single little bee flew out of the log to protect the swarm. Knowing that the bear would eat all the honey, the little bee stung him sharply on the nose and flew back into the log.
This flew the bear into an angry rage. He swatted at the log with his big claws, determined to destroy the nest of bees inside.This only alerted the bees and quick as a wink, the entire swarm of bees flew out of the log and began to sting the bear from head to heel. The bear saved himself by running to and diving into the nearest pond.
Moral : It is better to bear a single injury in silence than to bring about a thousand by reacting in anger.
DON’T CHANGE THE WORLD
Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip. When he was back to his palace his feet were very painful because it was the first time that he went for such a long trip, and the road that he went through was very rough and stony. He then ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather.Definitely, this would need thousands of cow’s skin, and would cost a huge amount of money.
Then one of his wise servants dared himself to tell the king, “Why you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money? Why don’t you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?” The king was surprised, but he later agreed to his suggestion, to make a “shoe” for himself.
Moral : to make this world a happy place to live, you better change yourself – your heart; and not the world.