Make the world around you a better place
Daisy the Wise, and Peanut the Not-So-Wise, were two bunnies who were good friends who enjoyed their strolls together. On this walk, they came upon two carrots. One of the carrots had large leaves sprouting out of the top and the other looked much smaller from the surface.
Peanut was excited and ran up to the carrot with the larger leaves.
“I’ll have this one,” he proudly exclaimed and proceeded to extract it from the ground.
Daisy shrugged her shoulders and pulled out the other carrot, which turned out to be much bigger.
Peanut was surprised and asked how this could possibly be.
Daisy looked at her friend and replied, “You can’t always judge a carrot by its leaves.”
They kept on walking and came across another pair of carrots, again with differing sized leaves.
This time Peanut allowed his friend the first pick.
Daisy hopped to each carrot, inspected and sniffed them carefully and, to Peanut’s surprise, chose the carrot with the larger leaves. As they each extracted their carrots from the ground, Peanut was bemused to see that his carrot was smaller than Daisy’s.
“I thought that you said that small leaves meant it would be a larger carrot.” He said.
“No,” replied Daisy, “I said don’t judge a carrot by its leaves. It’s also important to remember to think before you choose.”
Peanut nodded and they ate their carrots before continuing their stroll.
For a third time, they found two carrots, again with different sized leaves. Peanut looked confused and didn’t know what to do. Daisy indicated that he could choose which carrot to eat. The poor foolish bunny, pretended to inspect each carrot, but he didn’t really know what to do. He knew that he wasn’t as smart as his friend and he looked to Daisy with a confused expression on his face.
Daisy smiled warmly and hopped over to the carrots. She inspected them and pulled out one of the carrots. Peanut shrugged his shoulders and went to the other one before he was interrupted by his wise friend.
“No Peanut, this one’s your carrot,” she said.
“But you made the choice and I’m sure it’s the bigger one of the two. I don’t know how you do it, but I guess you’re just smarter than me.”
“Peanut, there’s no point in having wisdom if you’re not willing to share the benefits of it with others.
You’re my friend and I want you to have this carrot. A smart bunny with a full stomach but no friends isn’t really wise is she?”
“I guess you’re right,” said Peanut with a full mouth, “As usual.”
This story is a reminder that in our search for wisdom, we must also search for a way to assist those around us with what we’ve learned.
The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus once said,
“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.”
Be wise, share what you’ve learned with others and help make the world a better place for those around you.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
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