There once were two poor woodsmen who made a living by collecting woods in the mountain. One day, they happened to discover two large bag of cotton in the mountain and felt surprisingly happy. The cotton was light but valuable, so they carried it on their back and went back home.
When they were walking home, one of the woodsmen spotted a large bundle of cloth beside the road. So he discussed with his partner whether to discard the cotton and take the cloth instead. But his partner held a different view that since he had carried the cotton for such a long way, he would not change it with cloth because all his previous effort would turn out to be in vain. Therefore, the other woodsman abandoned the cotton and carried the cloth on his back. After walking for a while, the woodsman who carried the cloth spotted several jars of gold disseminated on the ground not far away. He felt so thrilled that he was going to be a wealthy man. So he gave up the cloth and used his carrying pole to carry two jars of gold, while his partner was still reluctant to abandon the cotton and wondering whether the gold was real or not.
However, when they just went down to the foot of the mountain, it began to rain all of a sudden. Both of them were wet from head to toes. More unfortunately, the woodsman who carried the cotton found that his cotton had absorbed tons of water and became so heavy that he could no longer go on carrying it. Desperately, he had to abandon the cotton and went back home empty-handed with his partner carrying gold.
This story implies that we should deliberately utilize our wisdom and intelligence to make the right choice in face of every critical point in our life. Meantime, we should not forget to review all the choices we have carefully and adjust our goal accordingly. We should learn to view a certain issue from different angles and avoid being stubborn. By opening your mind to the right choice, you will be guided to a smoother way to success.
Man Is Here For The Sake of Other Men人是为了别人而活着
Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose.
From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know that man is here for the sake of other men — above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received. My peace of mind is often troubled by the depressing sense that I have borrowed too heavily from the work of other men.
To ponder interminably over the reason for one’s own existence or the meaning of life in general seems to me, from an objective point of view, to be sheer folly. And yet everyone holds certain ideals by which he guides his aspiration and his judgment. The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort and happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.
once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived: happiness, sadness, knowledge, and all the others, including love. one day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. so all the feelings prepared their boats to leave.
love was the only one that stayed. she wanted to preserve the island paradise until the last possible moment. when the island was almost totally under, love decided it was time to leave. she began looking for someone to ask for help.
just then richness was passing by in a grand boat. love asked, "richness, can i come with you on your boat?" richness answered, "i'm sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere."
then love decided to ask vanity for help who was passing by in a beautiful vessel. love cried out, "vanity, help me please!" "i can't help you," vanity said, "you are all wet and will damage my beautiful boat."
next, love saw sadness passing by. love said, "sadness, please let me go with you." sadness answered, "love, i'm sorry, but, i just need to be alone now."
then, love saw happiness. love cried out, "happiness, please take me with you." but happiness was so overjoyed that he didn't hear love calling to him.
love began to cry. then, she heard a voice say, "come love, i will take you with me." it was an elder. love felt so blessed1 and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the elder his name. when they arrived on land the elder went on his way. love realized how much she owed the elder.
love then found knowledge and asked, "who was it that helped me?" "it was time,' knowledge answered. "but why did time help me when no one else would? "love asked. knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity, answered, "because only time is capable of understanding how great love is.