Enjoying the honey in the midst of adversity
This is the fourth tale in a series of classic old stories I am posting throughout December, told pretty much as they have been for generations.
Many years ago, a wise man encountered a hungry tiger while walking through the jungle back to his village. The man immediately began to run and the tiger gave chase.
After a few steps, he recalled a dried up well which was quite fortunately just a few steps further down the path. He sprinted for the well and quickly dived into it.
However, as he was falling downward he heard a hiss. Alarmed he quickly reached out a hand and grabbed at the sides of the well. Luckily his had caught an overgrowing root and he was able to stop his fall.
He looked downwards and saw a huge hungry snake at the bottom of the dried up well. He looked up and saw the tiger peering over the edge of the well. He hung for a minute or two before his situation got worse. A small rat appeared from a hole in the wall of the well and it began to chew at the root.
The root soon began to fray.
Meanwhile, the tiger was reaching into the well. In doing so, its feet were pushing against a nearby tree for purchase. causing it to sway. The swaying motion of the tree caused a drop of honey to fall down the well from an overhanging bee hive.
The snake continued to hiss, the tiger continued to push, the mouse kept chewing through the root, the tree kept swaying and the beehive kept dripping honey into the well.
The man extended his tongue and caught some honey.
“mmmm, honey”, he thought.
Life can throw us so much adversity. Can you still enjoy the drops of honey that fall even during adversity?