During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack even though
his army was
greatly outnumbered. He was confident they would win, but his men were
filled with doubt.
On the way to the battle, they stopped at a religious shrine. After praying
with the men, the
general took out a coin and said, "I shall now toss this coin. If it is
heads, we shall win. If
it is tails we shall lose."
"Destiny will now reveal itself."
He threw the coin into the air and all watched intently as it landed. It
was heads. The
soldiers were so overjoyed and filled with confidence that they vigorously
attacked the enemy and were victorious.
After the battle. a lieutenant remarked to the general, "No one can change
"Quite right," the general replied as he showed the lieutenant the coin,
which had heads on both sides.