Preserver and Win

There is a saying, ‘If you are not making mistakes, then you are not making decisions’. What this really means is that decision making requires past experience, and in order to require experience, you need to try various options. In that process, there are bound to be failures.

If we realize why we failed last time, we can succeed the next time. However we should take care not to repeat the same mistakes. There must be an urge to to win even in utterly hopeless circumstances. Many of you have have heard about the story of King Robert Bruce, who was defeated six times in a row. He was finally cornered and was hiding in a cave, when he noticed a spider spinning a web. He saw that jumping quite a distance from one corner to another, Although it failed several times, the spider made repeated attempts, instead of giving up.

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The king watched the spider with curiosity. It failed six times but persistent effort helped it succeed the seventh time! The King thought to himself, “I too have failed six times already, but I am bound to win seventh time”. History testifies that he won the battle next time.

The moral of the story is, “Never lose the will to win, even in midst of failure”.

 

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Is It An Obstacle Or An Opportunity?

In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse laying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand –
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

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Shukr and The King

Once there was King who had a servant named Shukr (gratitude). They were the closest of friends and the King would take Shukr everywhere. Shukr was aptly named, because he was always grateful to Allah for whatever he had and for whatever situation he was in, and this was a noble quality of his which the King greatly admired.

One day the King and Shukr went out hunting, they came across a deer and the King shot at the deer and killed it.

“Alhamdulillah!” exclaimed Shukr.

The King and Shukr went to remove the arrow from the deer and as it was being withdrawn the end of the King’s little finger was chopped off! “Alhamdulillah!” exclaimed Shukr again. This time, the King was not pleased with Shukr’s gratitude and condemned him for it. In fact the King was so angry that he threw Shukr in prison.

“Alhamdulillah!” cried Shukr once again, confusing all of those around him.

The next week, the King went hunting alone. As he was exploring the forest, he came across a tribe of indigenous people. They seemed friendly and invited him to have dinner with them, which was of religious significance to them. Little did he know that he was to be the main course!

They tied up the King and prepared the stew. When everything was ready they untied him, and one man noticed that his little finger was not complete. They all broke out in argument, saying that they could not offer an incomplete human being as a sacrifice to their gods. So they let the King go free.

Out of happiness and joy the King ran back to the city and to Shukr. After hearing his story, Shukr exclaimed “Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah!” The King released him from jail and Shukr continually kept on crying “Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah!”

The King was surprised by this, so he asked Shukr why he was so excessively grateful. Shukr replied “Because if you had not thrown me in jail, I would have been out hunting with you and the tribe would have eaten me instead of you!”

The Bowl that never filled

A King was going to his palace after his routine rounds in the city when he met a beggar. He asked the beggar, “What do you want?”

The beggar laughed and said, “You are asking me as though you can fulfill my desire!”

The king was offended. He said, “Of course I can fulfill your desire. What is it? Just tell me.”

And the beggar said, “Think twice before you promise anything.”

“I will fulfill anything you ask. I am a very powerful emperor, what can you possibly desire that I can not give to you?”

The beggar said, “It is a very simple desire. You see this begging bowl? Can you fill it with something?”

The emperor said, “Of course!” He called one of his viziers and told him, “Fill this mans begging bowl with money.” The vizier went and got some money and poured it into the bowl, and it disappeared. And he poured more and more, and the moment he would pour it, it would disappear. And the begging bowl remained always empty.

The whole palace gathered. By and by the rumor went throughout the whole capital, and a huge crowd gathered. The prestige of the emperor was at stake. He said to his viziers, “If the whole kingdom is lost, I am ready to lose it, but I cannot be defeated by this beggar.”

Diamonds and pearls and emeralds, his treasuries were becoming empty.The begging bowl seemed to be bottomless. Everything that was put into it — everything! — immediately disappeared, went out of existence. Finally it was the evening, and the people were standing there in utter silence. The king dropped at the feet of the beggar and admitted his defeat. he said, “Just tell me one thing. You are victorious – but before you leave, just fulfill my curiosity. What is the beging bowl made of?”

The beggar laughed and said, “There is no secret. It is simple made up of human desire.”

Moral: Human desire for Money will never finish. If he has a million dollars he will wish for two. So the right way is to be content with whatever you have.