Judging from the feedback we receive on our blog, you particularly like our short stories. We like to get you thinking as well as learning English. So, as it’s Easter, we’re giving you two very interesting ones which we are sure you will enjoy.
HERCULES AND THE WAGONER
A farmer was carelessly driving his wagon along a muddy road when his wheels became stuck so deep in the clay that the horses came to a standstill. Consequently, the man dropped to his knees and began to pray to Hercules to come and help him without making the least effort to move the wagon himself. However, Hercules responded by telling him to lay his shoulder to the wheel and reminding him that heaven only aided those who tried to help themselves.
This story hasn’t aged a bit and right now, it might be just as well to heed to the moral behind the story … “Pray as we may, if we don’t learn to help ourselves, all our prayers will go unheeded”.
Another story which certain people in our society would do well to read some time. History does tend to repeat itself and the deep social divisions developing right now are possibly sowing the seeds for a scenario we should try to avoid at all costs…
THE TREES AND THE AXE
A woodsman went into the forest and asked the trees to provide him a handle for his axe. It seemed so modest a request that the principal trees granted it right away, and they declared that the plain homely ash should furnish what he needed. No sooner had the woodsman fitted the staff for the purpose, however, than he began chopping down the noblest trees in the woods. By the time the oak grasped the entire matter, it was too late, and he whispered to a neighbouring cedar, “With our first concession we lost everything. If we had not sacrificed our humble neighbour, we might still be able to stand for ages.”
We think this story needs little explanation. However, it goes without saying that before we take a decision, it is worth considering the intention behind it.
Happy English learning!!!