Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Small Seed – Big Reward

Dear Friends,

This is a story of a young man named Ping, and of a King who was childless and needed to find a successor.

The King devised a way to find a successor who would be courageous and honest. He sent out a tiny seed to each young man in the country. This seed was to be planted and nourished to the best of each young man’s ability.

When Ping received his seed he obtained a beautiful pot, fertile soil, and planted his seed. He watered it and nurtured it and watched it, but nothing happened. He moved his plant to another area with more sun, thinking it needed different light, and still, nothing happened. He asked his father what to do. His father suggested putting it into another container and continuing to nurture it. Still nothing!

The day finally arrived for all the young men to present their results to the King. Everyone else had beautiful plants, and Ping was so embarrassed that he sat in the back of the room with his pot so he wouldn’t be noticed.

The King walked around the room looking at the plants – and frowning. The longer he walked, the more he frowned. Then he came to the back of the room and saw Ping and his pot. He led Ping up to his throne and announced to all present that Ping would be the next King. “How can this be?” all the young men cried.

The King said, “Before I sent you the seeds, I ordered the seeds boiled so they wouldn’t grow. Only one man in my kingdom was courageous and honest today – and only that man deserves to be your next King.”

Ping’s “failure” was really his success!

Always On Your Team
Jeffrey Stanton
Your Trusted Advisor For Life

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