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Life's lessons: Live in the present don’t worry about the future
As they pulled him out of the mud, one of them said, “You pretend to read the future in the stars, and yet you fail to see what is at your feet!
A man who lived a long time ago believed that he could read the future in the stars. He called himself an astrologer and spent all his time, day and night, gazing at the sky and counting the stars. He was always busy worrying about the future and villagers often came to him, hoping to know what their future held for them.
One evening he was walking down the open road outside the village. His eyes were fixed on the stars. He thought he saw in the stars that the end of the world was at near. He was lost in his thoughts about the future. As he was looking at the stars, he kept walking without looking down. Suddenly, he fell into a ditch full of mud and water.
He was sinking in the muddy water, and frantically tried to claw at the slippery sides of the hole in his effort to climb out of the ditch. Unable to crawl out and fearing that this is the end of the world for him, he started screaming for help. His cries for help soon brought the villagers running.
As they pulled him out of the mud, one of them said, “You pretend to read the future in the stars, and yet you fail to see what is at your feet! This may teach you to pay more attention to what is right in front of you, and let the future take care of itself.” “What use is it,” said another villager, “to read the stars, when you can’t see what’s right here in front of you?”
Moral: We all want our future to be bright and happy, but the time doesn’t stop for anyone. There is always a tomorrow to look forward to and improve, but you can’t go back to yesterday. So, maintain the balance of your present life while you work for a better tomorrow.