Three powerful lessons Xi Jinping learnt from his father Xi Zhongxun.
He narrated the story of growing up thus:
As a small child, I was very selfish, always grabbing the best for myself.
Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I didn’t think it was my fault and I criticized others.
But my father gave me 3 sentences to help me in life.
One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles and put them on the table.
One had an egg on top while the other bowl had none on top.
Then he asked me to choose a bowl of noodles.
Because eggs were hard to come by those days, I chose the bowl with egg!
I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and decided to wallop the egg. To my surprise, my father’s bowl of noodles had two eggs at the bottom of his bowl beneath the noodles!
With much regret, I scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision.
My father smiled and taught me the first lesson to remember that, “what your eyes see may not be true.”
He added, “If you make a habit of taking advantage of people, you will end up losing.”
The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top.
Again, he asked to choose the bowl I wanted.
This time I felt smarter so I chose the bowl without any egg on top.
Hmmm. To my surprise, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl!
Again, my father smiled and said to me, “My child, you must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you“.
Never be too annoyed or sad about situations. Just treat the experience as learning a lesson experience that cannot be gotten from any textbooks.
The third day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other with no egg on top.
He asked me to choose the bowl I wanted.
But this time, I told my father, “Dad, you choose first. You are the head of the family and you contribute the most to the family.“
My father was happy to choose for me.
He chose the bowl with one egg on top. But as I ate my bowl of noodles, to my surprise There were two eggs at the bottom of the bowl.
My father smiled at me with love in his eyes, he said: “my child, you must remember that when you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you.”
I always remember these 3 sentences of my father.
So what were the lessons in the story?
- What your eyes see may not be true
- You must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you
- You must remember that when you think about the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you.
As a father, mother, guardian, teacher or a child’s caretaker how do you use simple everyday life happenings and activities to teach your ward/child?
Do you make them memorable? Do you also see to it that they learn the morals of the story/experience?
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