Story : Never Underrate the Best in You : Aesop’s Fable

The_Stag_at_the_Pool PropelstepsA stag saw his shadow reflected in the water, and greatly admired the size of his horns, but felt angry with himself for having such weak feet.

While he was thus contemplating himself, a Lion appeared at the pool. The Stag betook himself to flight, and kept himself with ease at a safe distance from the Lion, until he entered a wood and became entangled with his horns.

The Lion quickly came up with him and caught him. When too late he thus reproached himself: “Woe is me! How have I deceived myself! These feet which would have saved me I despised, and I gloried in these antlers which have proved my destruction.”

Moral : What is most truly valuable is often underrated. We often self criticize ourselves which is worse than others does the same to us. So We need to feel good about the positives and the best what we have.

Story : Fear is Not Respect

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Long time ago there lived a cruel king. All citizens were fearful because of his cruelty. He had a Dog, which he loved more than anything. One fateful morning his Dog died. The King organized last rites for dog; people from entire Kingdom came to the cremation ground.

The King was very happy to see that people love & respect him so much and he felt he is the most popular king in the world. After a few days the King died, but no one came for his funerals.

Story : The Triple Filter Test of Socrates

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In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

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“Well, no,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now, let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“Umm, no, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left—the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

Moral Story : Effort is important but where we put effort matters!

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A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s owners tried one expert after another,but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine. 

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom. 

old man hammerTwo of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed! 

A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars. 

‘What ?!’ The owners exclaimed. ‘He hardly did anything!’ 

So they wrote the old man a note saying, ‘Please send us an itemized bill.’ 

The old man sent a bill that read: 
Tapping with a hammer…… ……… …….. $ 2.00 
Knowing where to tap……….. ……… …… $ 9,998.00 

Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference! 

– Fable