When my son was a few years old, I bought him a book called “Lazy Bear.” The simple story made me realize how modestly this book was describing our life.
What a great idea it was that they created animal characters to tell the stories to open our minds. This is how it went:
Once there was a very kind squirrel who loved to help others a lot. One day, while the squirrel was running fast, his friends “Monkey” and “Rabbit” asked: “Where are you running to? It’s been a few days that you have been doing this. Is everything alright?”
The squirrel responded while short of breath: “There is a little bear under the big oak tree that can’t move and is very hungry. I am running to get some fruits for him before he dies of hunger.”
The monkey and rabbit felt so bad and said: “Oh God. We will help him too.” They gathered some fruits as well and then followed the squirrel towards the bear.
When the monkey and rabbit saw the bear from a distance, they figured that healthy bear is just abusing the squirrel’s kindness and they didn’t like that. The monkey stopped the squirrel and whispered into his ear: “The bear is just using you. You are not helping him; in fact, you are making him lazier. If you really want to help him, I have a plan.”
The squirrel felt so sad and decided to follow the monkey’s plan. The monkey and rabbit put all the fruits in a sac made of twigs and tied it with a rope made of the bobbin. Then the squirrel walked toward the bear as the monkey was holding the rope.
As soon as the squirrel put the basket in front of the bear, the bear wanted to grab it but the monkey pulled the basket and the bear had to move and follow it. The bear came closer and closer to the basket; the monkey pulled the basket further away from him. The monkey ran faster and faster and made the bear run around for hours.
The bear got tired and was very hungry. He found himself near the river full of fish and jumped into the water to hunt some.
The rabbit and monkey showed their friend the squirrel, how others could take advantage and we should be very careful. But also, how to give someone the help that they really need.
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