Pigeons and ants
An ant was drinking at a river. Suddenly he slipped, and fell into the water.
A dove took pity on him. She threw a small branch into the river. The ant seized the bough, and swam back to the shore.
A few days later, the ant saw a hunter aiming a gun at the dove. He bit the man in the foot sharply.The man missed the shot, and the dove's life was saved. The dove felt very grateful. She made good friends with the ant.
Making His Mark
A man from the state of Chu was taking a boat across a river when he dropped his sword into the water carelessly. Immediately he made a mark on the side of the boat where the sword dropped, hoping to find it later. When the boat stopped moving, he went into the water to search for his sword at the place where he had marked the boat. As we know, the boat had moved but the sword had not. Isn’t this a very foolish way to look for a sword?
Draw a Snake and Add Feet to It
Long long ago, several people had a jar of wine among them and all of them wanted to drink it by himself. So they set a rule that every one would draw a snake on the ground and the man who finished first would have the wine. One man finished his snake very soon and he was about to drink the wine when he saw the others were still busy drawing, so he decided to draw the feet to the snake. However, before he could finish the feet, another man finished and grabbed the jar from him, saying, "Who has ever seen a snake with feet?”
The story of "Draw a snake and add feet to It.” tells us going too far is as bad as not going far enough.