A merchant, an old man, and his little daughter met by the side of a fountain of clear, sparkling waters. On the fountain was an inscription that read, “Learn of me!”
The merchant said he learned a great lesson from the fountain. It started as a trickle of water, but as it wended its way to the sea, it was joined by streams and brooks and creeks and, in due course, became a roaring river. We should do our work likewise, start with little beginnings and soon develop big businesses.
The old man said that the lesson he learned from the fountain was to serve silently, friends and strangers alike.
The little girl said that the lesson she learned was that the water is useless unless it is pure. Therefore, we should live a clean and chaste life.
The teacher is one. Everyone learns according to his or her aptitude and capacity. In this school of life the day on which we have not learned something new is a lost day indeed.
(Excerpted from: J.P. Vaswani, “The Good You Do Returns“)