“Something is better than nothing” is a very simple and useful proverb, but we often fail to act on it. We do not understand how much wise it is to be satisfied with what we have. When we desire and try to get something better, we should not throw away or lose what we already have. Another proverb “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” also teaches us the same lesson. The following story of the dog brings out the truth of it.
A dog once lived near the market place of a small town. One day he stole a piece of meat from a butcher’s shop. Then he started towards the fields. He wanted to get across la canal to reach the fields.; As the dog was crossing the bridge over the canal, he saw his own reflection in the water. He thought that it was another, dog with a piece of meat in his mouth. He at once jumped into the canat and began swimming towards the place where he had seen his reflection. As he barked, the piece of meat dropped from his mouth. He tried to catch at it. But the flow of water carried it far from him. He came out of the canal in all his sadness and lay down for a hungry sleep. Now he could only dream of the meat. How well we are taught: You can never enjoy well what you get dishonestly.
- A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
- Do not use your all before you can get something in its place.
- All covet (desire greatly), all lose.
- One man’s meat is another man’s poison.
- Contentment is a great blessing.
- Greed is a curse.
- Greed causes losses or destruction.
- One should be satisfied with what one has.
A famous saying goes that there is enough in the world for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed. A greedy person can never be happy and satisfied. He is caught in the net of his own greed as easily as he plans to get rich. The following story makes this point very well.
There were three friends who wanted to get rich. One day they started on a journey in search of a chance to make a lot of money. They had to pass through a forest. In the forest, by chance, they found a bag of gold under a stone. Each of them wanted to take this bag and soon they started to quarrel. In a strange way, sometime later, they decided to divide the gold equally among themselves. The three men were feeling very hungry. One of them got ready to bring food from a village market, and the other two said they would wait for him. He started for the market. On the way, he thought of taking all the gold in the bag himself. He bought some food and mixed poison with it. He wanted to kill his friends with this food to get the gold. The third friend returned with the food. In his absence, the other two men had made la plan to kill him. Clearly they wanted to take all the gold themselves. So they easily killed him with their knives. Afterwards, they ate the food. They died because of the poison in it. The three friends died because each wanted to get rich at the cost of the other two friends. So cod or nature punished each of them. Here we are taught the everlasting truth:
Do not do anything that brings dishonour and destruction
- Greed is a curse.
- Every man takes care that his neighbour shall not cheat him.
- One should be satisfied with what one has.
- He who digs a pit (hole) for others falls into it himself.
- As you sow, so shall you reap.
- Evil recoils (moves suddenly back) at the head of the doeri.
- It is meant to be selfish.
- Allah punishes the evildoers.
“Look before you leap” is a well-known proverb or saying quoted all over the world. It means that we should be very careful in taking an important decision. We all know that haste makes waste. An unwise step in life can land us in dangerous situations The story of the goat jumping into the well teaches this very fact to us. We are also like the goat quite often crying over our losses. Augustus Caesar said long ago: “Hasten (make haste) slowly and check yourself before taking a step.”
Once there was a fox. He fell into a well, which was without much water. The fox tried hard to come out, but he could not succeed. A goat came near the well. He heard the cries of the fox coming from its bottom. He looked into the well and was surprised to see the fox there. The fox asked the goat to jump into the well, as its water was cool and sweet. The goat really jumped into the well. It wanted to drink the sweet water. The fox was very clever. He jumped on the back of the goat. Then it easily jumped out of the well, and as easily walked away from the scene. The goat started crying, as it was helpless in the well and none could help him. A frog under the water heard the cries of the goat. It came up to the surface and spoke to it thus, “I feel your trouble. But do not cry now. Think of the ways of saving yourself.” Never act in haste like the goat. Euripides (yoo-rip’i-deez’-a famous Greek dramatist said: “Among human beings, second thoughts are wisest.”
- Look before you leap (jump).
- Learn caution from the misfortunes of others.
- Look before you leap.
- Consider your decision wisely before taking it.
It is said that once Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani (God be pleased with him) went out on a journey with a caravan. His mother advised him to speak the truth always. A gang of robbers fell on his caravan and looted everyone of them. A robber came to him and asked him if he had something. He told that he had some coins stitched in his shirt. He took the boy with him to his leader. The leader asked him why he had not denied of having money. The boy told him about the advice of his mother. It had a deep effect on him. he felt sorry for his deeds. He repented and gave up robbery. He returned everything to all the members of the caravan and advised his gang to live an honest life.
- Speak the truth always
- Good, sometimes, comes out of evil.
Two friends lived in a village. They often bragged about true and sincere friendship. One day they set out for another village. On the way they passed through a forest. When they were walking through the forest, they saw a bear coming to their direction, at a distance. One of them hurriedly climbed up the tree and did not bother about the other. The friend who could not climb up the tree lay on the grass quite breathless like a dead man. After some time the bear came near him and smelt him. The bear thought him dead and took his way. When the bear went away, the selfish friend came down from the tree and went to his friend. He asked the friend what the bear had told him in his ear. The other friend was a wise fellow and he replied that the bear had told him that a friend in need is a friend indeed. Since that day he never talked to his selfish friend who left him in the trouble.
- A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed