A man without sin
A man once stole some food and was ordered by the king to be
hanged. When asked if he had any last words, the thief replied,
"Know, O King, that I can plant an apple seed in the ground and it will
grow and bear fruit overnight. It is a secret that my father taught me
and I thought it would be a pity if the secret died with me."
A time was appointed the following day for planting the seed. The
thief dug a hole and said, "This seed can only be planted by someone
who has never stolen or taken anything which did not belong to him.
Being a thief, I cannot, of course, do it."
The king asked his prime minister to plant the seed, but he hesitated
and said, "Your majesty, when I was young, I recall keeping an article
that did not belong to me. I cannot plant the seed."
The treasurer, when told to plant the seed, begged the king's pardon,
saying that he may have cheated someone out of some money, The
king, in his turn, recalled that once he took and kept a precious object
belonging to his father.
The thief turned to them and said, "You are all mighty and powerful
persons. You are not in want of anything, yet you cannot plant the
seed. But I, who stole a little food to stay alive, I am to be hanged."
The King, appreciated the man's wisdom and pardoned him.
A General decided to attack even though he was sure he would win, but his soldiers were full of doubt. So on the way to battle, he stopped at a shrine and went in and said some prayers. When he came back outside, he told the soldiers, "I am going to toss a coin. If it is heads, we shall win. "If it is tails, we shall lose. Destiny will now reveal her hand." He tossed the coin. It was heads. The soldiers were so eager to fight that they won the battle easily. The next day, one of the officers with great conviction told the General, "That just goes to show that no one can change the hand of destiny." "Quite right," said the General, showing him that the coin had heads
on both sides.
A lecturer was giving a lecture to his student on stress management. He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?" The students' answers ranged from 20gm to 500gm. "It does not matter in the absolute. It depends on how long you hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it is Ok. If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance. It is the exact same weight but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes," "If we carry our burdens all the time, Sooner or later, we will not be able to carry on, the burden becoming increasingly heavier. What you have to do is to put the glass down, rest for a while before holding it up again."