An old man once spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. The neighbor was arrested and released a few days after he was proved innocent.
He sued the old man for defaming him. The old man defended himself in the court saying that those were just words, and they didn’t harm his neighbor in any way.
The judge asked the old man to write down all the things he said in a paper, tear it into small pieces and throw them away on his way back home. The hearing was to be continued the next day.
The next day, when the old man came to the court, before announcing the sentence, the judge asked him to go back and collect all the pieces of paper that he threw away on his way back home. The old man said, “It is impossible. I won’t be able to find them as the wind carried and scattered them at many different places.”
To this, the judge replied, “In the same way, your words have spread and now you can’t take them back because your neighbor’s reputation is already harmed.”
An ant in search of water was wandering through the forest and came around a water spring. It walked close to the spring and suddenly slipped.
Just when the ant was drowning, a dove was flying by. The dove saw the ant and threw a twig into the water. The ant climbed the twig and the dove safely took it to the ground.
At the same time, a hunter was trying to throw a net on the dove to capture it. The ant guessed what was about to happen. It quickly went and bit the hunter’s foot. In pain, he dropped the net on the ground, the dove escaped safely.
There were a mango and a banyan tree next to each other. The banyan tree was an abode to various species of animals and birds. Whereas, the mango tree had juicy fruits. People always came to eat the mangoes from the tree.
No one ever paid much attention to the old banyan tree. The mango tree said to the banyan tree, “No one ever looks at you. They all want me and my fruits but nothing from you. I’m the best.”
The next day king’s soldiers came and ruthlessly plucked all the mangoes. They left the broken branches and scanty leaves on the mango tree which had never looked so ugly.
To this, the banyan tree said, “Now look at you. Without your beauty and fruits, you are less likely to attract anyone. Your beauty ruined you. While I stand here safe and provide shade. I’m still useful.”
A father once took his daughter to a village to show her poverty.
After spending a full day at the farm of a poor family, the father asked his daughter, “Tell me what you saw today? Did you learn anything?”
The daughter replied, “Yes Dad, we have a pool, they have rivers, we have lanterns while they have stars, we have a dog, they have so many animals, we buy our food, they grow theirs, we have walls for protection, they have friends, we have television, they have family and relatives, we read the encyclopedia for knowledge, they read Bible. Thanks for showing me how poor we are.”
The father was speechless. He learned a lesson that day from his little daughter which changed his perspective for happiness.
Moral – Happiness lies in small things. Kids know this, and sometimes we can share their knowledge for better life lessons.