One beautiful spring day a red rose blossomed in a forest. Many kinds of trees and plants grew there. As the rose looked around, a pine tree nearby said, "What a beautiful flower. I wish I was that lovely."

Another tree said, "Dear pine, do not be sad, we can not have everything."

The rose turned its head and remarked, "It seems that I am the most beautiful plant in this forest." A sunflower raised its yellow head and asked, "Why do you say that? In this forest there are many beautiful plants. You are just one of them."

The red rose replied, "I see everyone looking at me and admiring me." Then the rose looked at a cactus and said, "Look at that ugly plant full of thorns!" The pine tree said, "Red rose, what kind of talk is this? Who can say what beauty is you have thorns too."

The proud red rose looked angrily at the pine and said, "I thought you had good taste! You do not know what beauty is at all. You can not compare my thorns to that of the cactus."

What a proud flower, thought the trees.

The rose tried to move its roots away from the cactus, but it could not move. As the days passed, the red rose would look at the cactus and say insulting things, like "This plant is useless. How sorry I am to be his neighbor."

The cactus never got upset and he even tried to advise the rose, saying, "God did not create any form of life without a purpose."

Spring passed, and the weather became very warm. Life became difficult in the forest, as the plants and animals needed water and no rain fell. The red rose began to wilt. One day the rose saw sparrows stick their beaks into the cactus and then fly away, refreshed.

This was puzzling, and the red rose asked the pine tree what the birds were doing. The pine tree explained that "the birds got water from the cactus." "Does it not hurt when they make holes?" asked the rose.

"Yes, but the cactus does not like to see any birds suffer," replied the pine.

The rose opened its eyes in wonder and said, "The cactus has water." "Yes you can also drink from it. The sparrow can bring water to you if you ask the cactus for help."

The red rose felt too ashamed of its past words and behavior to ask for water from the cactus, but then it finally did ask the cactus for help. The cactus kindly agreed and the birds filled their beaks with water and watered the rose's roots.

Thus the rose learned a lesson and never judged anyone by their appearance again.


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9th February 2011 From India, Madras

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Dear Mr.satish
Really motivating stories for those who think that they are not good in appearance.. This story emphasize on "One should never judge a person by external appearances".Our former President APJ Abdul Kalam is not good in appearance but his Inside talent cannot Beat by others
Really done a great job
Keep Moving Ahead
9th February 2011 From India, Coimbatore
Dear Mr. Satish
In Dhasaratha's empire once a rishi Named AshtaVakra came to meet Dhasaratha. All the members of Rulers were laughing by seeing his physic. (Because Ashta Means 8 and Vakra Means Different nature (his Body was having bends in odd places))
AshtaVakra got hurted and informed to Dhasaratha "It is sad to tell a truth Dhasaratha that in Your Palace I have not seen even a talented staff all are shoe-makers. Try to keep some good talented staff with you.
Dhasaratha did not understood his wordings. He seek apology to that rishi and asked the reason for his comments. He told that Only shoe-makers will see the skin and body shape as their profession is of making shoes and they will always think of the leather's useful by seeing the animals. Here also your staff are seeing my body only and not my knowledge.
So in Tamil there a saying
Uruvu Kandu Ellaamai Vendum. (We should not make fun by seeing the shape of anyone or anything)
Wish you a great day ahead
11th February 2011 From India, Kumbakonam
There is a Tamil Cinema "Anbe Sivam" in which Kamal Hassan also re-iterates the same that never judge anybody by the appearance what it seems to be. One must see and identify others only by their noble work.
Thanks for sharing Mr. Sathish for having a healthy discussion
Please see the thread Reasons for sleeping and waking up early and Risk on High Rise Building and leave comment as acknowledged.
15th February 2011 From India, Kumbakonam
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