An old Japanese man kept a sparrow which he was very fond.
One day it flew away and the old man became sad.
He went out looking all over the place for his sparrow.
At last, near a certain mountain, he met his sparrow.
The old man said joyously,"I missed you very much, sparrow. Will you follow me home?"
Though the sparrow was happy to see the old man, it shook its head.
"Take me to your home and let me see how you live."The old man pleaded. "I will go away happy to see if you are safe."
So the sparrow led the old man to his home. There were many other birds.
They all looked healthy and enjoyed each other's company.
"I am glad you are well and have good companions, dear sparrow. I can go back in peace, " said the old man.
When it was time for the old man to leave, the sparrow gave him a basket to take home with him as a present.
"Well," said the old man's wife angrily when he returned, "where have you been all day? And what have you here?"
"I have been to the home of my lost sparrow and received this basket as a present,” replied he.
When she opened the basket she was amazed to find it was full of gold and silver.
The old woman, who was very greedy, decided that she would like a basket of gold, so she set out for the sparrow's home, Unlike the old man who was kind to the sparrow, the wife used to treat it very badly.
"Hello, sparrow, how are you? I missed you very much," cried the old woman hypocritically.
The sparrow said nothing and she finally decided to go home.
Still the sparrow did not give her any present she had hoped for.
Before she left, she unashamedly asked for a present. "My husband got a basket of gold and silver from you, " she reminded the bird.
"Alright, replied the sparrow, "for your husband's sake, I offer you two choices. One basket is light and
the other is heavy. Just choose one. But you can open the basket when youreach home!"
The greedy old woman cried out, I’ll take the heavy one, " as she thought its weight will contain more gold and silver. "Are you sure?" asked the sparrow.
"Yes. As sure as you see me standing before you! I'll take the heavy basket," she replied. So the old woman panted and puffed breathlesslyas she carried the heavy basket all the way.
But when she arrived home and opened the basket, it was full of stones.
Consider….YOU. In all time before now and in all time to come, there has never been and will never be anyone just like you.
You are unique in the entire history and future of the universe.
Wow! Stop and think about that. You're better than one in a million, or a billion, or a gazillion. .
You are the only one like you in a sea of infinity!
You're amazing! You're awesome! And by the way, TAG, you're it.
As amazing and awesome as you already are, you can be even more so.
Beautiful young people are the whimsy of nature, but beautiful old people are true works of art.
But you don't become “beautiful” just by virtue of the aging process.
Real beauty comes from learning, growing, and loving in the ways of life.
That is the Art of Life. You can learn slowly, and sometimes painfully, by just waiting for life to happen to you.
Or you can choose to accelerate your growth and intentionally devour life and all it offers. You are the artist that paints your future with the brush of today.
Paint a Masterpiece.
God gives every bird its food, but he doesn't throw it into its nest. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, it is truly up to you.
who watched a flock of sheep neara village,
brought out the villagers three or fourtimes by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf!" and when hisneighbors came to help him,
laughed at them fortheir pains.The Wolf,
did truly come at last.
TheShepherdboy, now really alarmed, shouted in anagony of terror: "Pray, do come and help me; theWolf is killing the sheep";
but no one paid any heed to his cries,
nor rendered any assistance.
The Wolf, having no cause of fear,
at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.
There is no believing a liar,
even when he speaks the truth.