The House of 1000 Mirrors
Long ago in a small, faraway village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he hounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and firendly. As he left the House, he thought to himself, This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.
In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.
All the faces in the world are mirrors. What kind of reflections do you see in the faces of the people you meet?
There is a frog. He lives in a well and he never goes out of the well. He thinks the sky is as big as the mouth of the well.
One day a crow comes to the well. He sees the frog and says, Frog, lets have a talk.
Then the frog asks, Where are you from?
I fly from the sky, the crow says.
The frog feels surprised and says, The sky is only as big as the mouth of the well. How do you fly from the sky?
The crow says, The sky is very big. You always stay in the well, so you dont know the world is big.
The frog says, I dont believe.
But the crow says, You can come out and have a look by yourself.
So the frog comes out from the well. He is very surprised. How big the world is!
To Pull up the Seedlings to Help Them Grow
once upon a time, there was an old farmer who planted a plot of rice. After he planted the seedlings, every day he went to the field to watch the seedlings grow. He saw the young shoots break through the soil and grow taller each day, but still, he thought they were growing too slowly. Eventually he got impatient with the young plants and suddenly he hit upon an idea that one by one, he pulled up the young plants by half an inch. The next early morning, the young man couldnt wait to check his achievement, but he was heart-broken to see all the pulled-up young plants dying.