The Oak and the Reed
Once upon a time, there lived a huge oak tree.
The oak tree was proud that it was the biggest and strongest in the world.
橡树觉得自己是世界上体型 大 强壮的树，因此非常骄傲。
"Despite any hardships, I can survive till the end. There is nothingas powerful as me."
One day, a severe windstorm began.
Watching the other trees fall down one by one, the oak tree was triumphant.
"I'll be fine."
However, the oak tree collapsed when the windstorm was blowing.
Flowing on the water, theoak tree thought,
'How did I end up like this?'
As it was swept away by the river, the oak tree passed a field of reeds.
The reeds werestanding there without being broken.
"Oh, Mr. Reed! How did you survive the rainstorm withyour fragile body?"
The oak tree envied the reeds.
One of the reeds kindly said to the oak tree flowing down,
"Mr. Oak Tree, you showed that you were the strongest in the world, right?
The wind brings down anything with an air ofimportance."
"We never think highly of ourselves, but lower our heads when we come across a windstorm.
Ifyou had lowered your head without being so proud, you would have survived the rainstorm."
Farmer and Eagle
One beautiful summer morning, a farmer went to check his animal traps(陷阱). In one trap, he found a beautiful eagle. At first, he thought that he would kill the eagle and eat it.
But then he thought to himself, “This is a beautiful and special bird. It often catches rabbits and mice that eat my crops. I’ll let it go.”
He opened the trap, and the eagle spread its wings and flew up into the blue shy. The eagle was very grateful to be free again. It continued to live on the farmer’s land and catch mice and rabbits.
Later that summer, the farmer was building a wall. It was high and made of large stones. Suddenly, the wall started to fall, but the farmer did not notice.
The eagle, flying above, saw that the farmer was in danger. It flew down and grabbed the farmer’s hat off his head. The farmer shouted, Hey! Bring that back!”
The eagle flew a short distance and then dropped the hat. The angry farmer picked up his hat and walked back. He saw that the stone wall had fallen. The farmer smiled and thought, “The eagle repaid me when I most needed help.”