A rich man had a slave. The man was very cruel to him. So the slave became sick of his cruel treatment. He decided to run away from his master.
He got a chance and ran away to a forest. There he hid himself in a cave. As he lay there thinking, he heard the groaning of the lion.
He was frightened. As the lion came near, he saw that he was limping. The lion approached the slave and held out his paw.
The slave saw that his paw was swollen and a thorn was stuck in it. The slave drew out the thorn very gently. The lion was relieved of pain and went away. Afterwards they became friends.
By chance the slave was arrested by his master’s men. He was brought to his master who ordered his men to put him before a hungry lion. The day for punishment was fixed.
The people of the town were invited to see the wonderful fight. The lion was freed from the cage to pounce upon the slave when he recognized him.
He now advanced slowly towards him and began to lick his hands out of love. It was the same lion, his friend. The slave too, patted him.
It was a wonderful sight for the people. The lion was given to him as a reward. The slave was set free.
Kindness is always rewarded.
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"When you are good to others, you are best to yourself." - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Doing a favor or showing understanding and compassion just feels good. To do so for praise or other benefit is more of a trade and does not have the same effect. To be kind without taking credit for it is a true unselfish act of goodness. Not only are we performing a kindness, but we are doing ourselves a big favor by reducing our stresses and improving our well being.
"The measure of a person's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out." - Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
Many philosophers and others have stated this important relationship between our feelings toward others and the way we feel. By thinking of other people, we get our thoughts away from ourselves. This is particularly helpful if we find that we are too often occupied with self-pity, anger, or anxieties. It can work miracles.
Charity is more than a tax deduction.
"If you lend money, it is uncertain whether you shall be repaid; but if you bestow alms, although they may be small, your return will be a hundred fold." - Saskya Pandita (1182-1251)
So do yourself a favor and be kind every day.