by AW Siddiqui
I am not sure if the following story is true or not, or actually came from President Xi Jing Peng of China. But it’s a good story worth reading and sharing with kids;
"As a small child, I was very selfish, always grabbing the best for myself.
Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I didn’t think it was my fault and I criticize others.
But my father gave me 3 sentences to help me in life;
One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles and put them on the dining table.
One bowl had an egg on top while the other had none.
He asked me to choose a bowl of noodles.
Because eggs were hard to come by those days - I chose the bowl with egg!
I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and decided to wallop the egg. To my surprise; my father's bowl of noodles had two eggs at the bottom of his bowl, beneath the noodles!
With much regret, I scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision.
My father smiled and taught me to remember that what your eyes see may not be true.
He added that If you make a habit of taking advantage of people, you will end up losing.
The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles - one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top.
Again, he asked to choose the bowl I wanted.
This time I felt smarter so I chose the bowl without any egg on top.
Hmmmmmm to my surprise, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl!
Again, my father smiled and said to me, my child, you must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you.
Never be too annoyed or sad, with situations - just treat experience as a learning lesson – the experience that you can’t have from textbooks.
The third day; my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles - one bowl with an egg on top and the other with no egg on top.
He asked me to choose the bowl I wanted.
But this time, I told my father, Dad, you choose first, you are the head of the family and you contribute the most to the family.
My father was happy to, and choose for me?
He chose the bowl with one egg on top, but as I ate my bowl of noodles, to my surprise! There were two eggs at the bottom of the bowl.
My father smiled at me with love in his eyes and said; my child, you must remember that when you leave the Choice to God or your parents, they will always choose the BEST for you. When you think good for others, good things will always happen to you.
I always remember these sentences of my father."
Xi Jing Peng, President of the People's Republic of China
Note: Minor corrections and changes have been made by the reporter.