Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Little Girl Was Rewarded For Her Contentment

Once upon a time, a vast area of Baghdad, capital of Iraq, faced famine. People were dying of hunger and starvation birds and animals were also famishing. In such a shattering situation, one day a rich man of that area showing mercifulness and compassion declared to give one chapati to all the small children of that area. Next day, in the morning all the children assembled in the garden. That rich man himself began distributing the chapatis amongst the children. The chapatis were all of different size some were big whereas, some were small in size. All the children were jostling their way through the crowd in order to grab the biggest chapati except for one little girl who stood quietly in a corner. Eventually she came forward and took the last chapati which was the smallest in size. Accepting the chapati with delight she went home.

Next day, the chapatis were again distributed. Second day also the girl received the smallest chapati, but she accepted it, with great joy. On returning home, when she took a bite from the chapati she found a piece of gold in it. Her mother asked her to return the piece of gold to the rich man. She immediately ran to the rich man and said, "I found this piece of gold in my chapati it must have fallen in the flour. I have come to return this." The rich man said, "My child, keep this. This is the reward of your contentment." The little girl replied with innocence, "My contentment got paid off when I did not have to face the jostling of the crowd." Been happy with the girl's honesty and contentedness the rich man made her his goddaughter and fixed a monthly salary for the girl's mother.

Moral: It can be said with reference to life that instead of showing unnecessary hastiness in all the matters we must keep a sense of satisfaction. Contenement always brings in better result then hastiness.

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