We can dry grass and make it into hay only when the sun shines. Hay cannot he made in the rainy season. It requires bright sunshine. Similarly we must carefully analyze the experiences that come our way and convert them into opportunities that will help us grow. One must make the best use of any situation and draw the best out of it.
Once upon a time there lived a grasshopper with his family. All summer when the sun was shining and the grass was green the grasshopper family enjoyed themselves singing and dancing and making merry. Food was available in plenty and the lush green surroundings made them enjoy a lazy lifestyle.
In direct opposite was the ant family that worked tirelessly all day in transporting food and storing it all up in the ant hill.
Father grasshopper made fun of the ants saying, “Why don’t you ants enjoy the beauty of summer instead of slogging like this? Don’t you ever enjoy life?’
The Father ant would smile and reply, “Friend, if we don’t work hard now we cannot survive the winter. Food is available in plenty now. It is wise to store it for future use. Aren’t you worried about winter?”
‘There is still a lot of time for winter. You worry too much. I can’t slog like you,” said the grasshopper.
The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs dances plays the summer away.
Soon winter came along and the entire place was covered with snow. Food was scarce and all the creatures ran in search of warm places. The grasshopper family was desperate to find food but could not find any. They saw the ant family enjoying themselves in their cozy warmth of their home eating steaming hot food all the time.
Father grasshopper went to the ant’s house and requested them to be allowed inside. But father ant said, “You were lazy when it was time to work and made fun of me. Now we have enough food to see us through winter. We do not have extra food for guests. I am very sorry”.
In disappointment, the father grasshopper returned to its place. The other grasshoppers also spent their winter days with very little food and starved for want of food. They felt sorry for their lack of vision.
The grasshopper repented for his laziness and realized that working hard at the right time paid rich dividends. It felt depressed that it had let go of opportunities that would have helped it live comfortably through the winter months.
Moral: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.
Make Hay – Second Story – Management Story