The Story of the Saint and the Scorpion
On a one sunny morning, when passing through a stream, an old man noticed a scorpion that floats helplessly in the water stream. And as the scorpion was being washed closer to a tree, the old man right away stretched himself out on the long roots of the tree that branched out to the river and reached out to the branches in order to help and rescue the drowning scorpion. The very moment he touched the scorpion, the creature stung him. And instinctively, the old man took his hand right away.
Few seconds later, the moment the old man regained his balance, he then stretched himself out again so as to save the creature. And during this second attempt, the creature stung the old man again, but this time, so badly using its poisonous tail that his hand swelled right away and became bloody and his face was contorted with pain.
During this time, a passerby saw the old man struggling to hold the roots because of his painful and swollen hands and he then shouted, “Hey, are you okay? Only a fool will risk his life trying to save an ugly and evil creature. Don’t you know that you can kill yourself while you try to save that poisonous and ungrateful creature?”
And without taking his sight from the scorpion, the old man told the passerby, “My friend, just because the nature of the scorpion is to sting, it does not alter my nature to save.”
The important thing to keep in mind is that this story teaches us about benevolence. If we ask ourselves how many characters are present in the story, there are three, the scorpion, the okd and the psserby. It would seem logical, on the other hand, if we will analyze there may be a fourth person who is an observer, watching the entire incident and write it down later. All of us see situations a they take place but then again, if we think about it as a wider objective in making our world a better place to live, it would make us conclude that things happen for good. Everything is just a matter of how you perceive things, if you always see things in a positive way, it would seem that you would do things positive and think only of positive thoughts no matter how bad the situation can become. Keep in mind that your actions are the product of your behavior and your behavior is the product of your thoughts and your thoughts is a product of what you feed in your mind. So make sure to feed yourself with things that would influence not just you but everything and everyone around you in a positive manner. Even if bad things are happening on you or no matter how much good you do to your surroundings and they tend to respinse negatively that could hurt you, then keep doing good. It is not for them but for yourself to attain oeace and happiness.
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