A young mole once boasted to his mother that he could see. Now the mother knew very wellthat all moles are blind: they live in dark underground burrows and do not need to see wherethey are going. She decided to find out whether the young mole was lying and she prepared atest. She laid a lump of sweet-smelling soap in front of him.
“Now, what do you see?”she asked.
The young mole touched the hard soap gently with his nose.
“A stone, mother,”he said.
The mother laughed.
“You are not only blind like the rest of us,”she said,“but you have no sense of smell either. Ifyou had not boasted about being able to see I would never have found out about that.”
An oyster that was very proud was talking with a fish.“Let's be friends and we can look after each other whenever the fisherman's net comes along,”the fish suggested.
The proud oyster replied,“I have a strong shell and I feel safe when I close my shell, for no harm can happen to me.”
“But when you close your shell, you may not know what is happening.”answered the fish.
Still the oyster boasted that he was perfectly safe and he needs no friends to warn him.
Suddenly, there was a great splashing sound and the oyster closed his shell and very quickly kept quiet.
“What could the splashing have been? Was it a net, and was the fish caught?”the oyster wondered. When at last the oyster opened his shell, he found himself in a strange place.
“Where am I?”He looked for the fish but it was no longer around.
Sadly, the oyster found he was at a fishmonger's stall. A ticket on his back marked,“For Sale!”
One day one of God's messengers descended to the world and happened to meet an eminent monk who was telling fortunes for two boys. The monk pointed at one of the boys saying“Number One Scholar,” and at another one“Beggar.”
Twenty years later, the messenger came down to the world again. When he saw the previous two boys, he was puzzled about the outcome: the original“Number One Scholar”now became a beggar while the original“Beggar”turned into a Number One Scholar instead.
So the messenger went to ask God.
God answered,“I endow everyone with talent, which only decides one third of his destiny while the rest lies in how he grasps it.”
Life is just like this.