Suspicious Tortoise

A family of tortoise went on a picnic. They packed food and set out to a place they had selected… behind the hills. When they reached the spot, they unpacked their picnic basket. They realized they had forgotten to bring salt. Food without salt is tasteless. They had a conference to decide who should go back and get salt. After a lot of discussion, the youngest tortoise was chosen, as he was faster than the others. The youngest objected on the ground that before he could come back the others might eat the snacks. But they assured him they would wait for him to come back with salt.

Six months passed, but the youngest tortoise did not turn up. So the rest of the family decided to open the basket and eat the snacks. When they opened the snack basket, the little tortoise jumped out of the bushes and screamed, “Look, I knew you would not wait till I came back. For six months I have been hiding in these bushes to make sure you would not eat without me. Now my suspicion has been confirmed, and I am not going to get the salt.”

Moral: Some of us are exactly like our suspicious tortoise: we waste our own time waiting for others to live according to our expectations or act in ways we expect them to. Instead, we should spend our valuable time doing the right thing ourselves

How to win a street fight?

There once was a famous swordsman in Japan. One time, he was sleeping on a boat crossing a river, when a drunken brute was harassing the other passengers. The swordsman asked the brute to quiet down so he could sleep. The brute took insult to that and demanded a duel to the death. The swordsman agreed, but insisted on doing on an island close by so as not to damage the boat and hurt the people on board. The boat pulled up, and the brute jumped off immediately, eager to begin the fight.

The swordsman then quickly signaled the captain of the boat to speed away, leaving the brute stranded on the island by himself.

That’s how you win a street fight.

By doing it the smart way.