The lazy bear|خرس تنبل

“88th story”

First published: April.25.2019

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 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 sack made of twigs and tied it with a rope made of the bobbin. Then the squirrel walked toward the bear with the sack of fruits, as the monkey was holding the rope.


As soon as the squirrel put the sack in front of the bear, the bear wanted to grab it but the monkey pulled the sack. The bear had to move and follow the sack. The bear came closer and closer to the sack; the monkey pulled the sack 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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  1. I love this story!

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  2. Good lesson. I learned something.

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  3. Wow a very wise and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing Mam…

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  4. An interesting introspect of the motives of others looking through the eyes of others at the nature of man.

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  5. An equally good story for parents as well.
    Many parents don’t want to understand the TACTICS of their kids.
    That squirrel was smart enough to understand what her friends tought her while most of the parents don’t.

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  6. Great story with a good lesson. Don’t be codependent and don’t be an enabler.

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  7. Laleh, congratulations! I see you won a Canada Book Award! Way to go! Also, I liked today’s story and the animal photos you illustrated it with were perfect!

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  8. I got inspired by this beautiful story and I also learned something, good job.

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  9. Great animal story…loved it!

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  10. “But also, how to give someone the help that they really need.”
    …yes this is a good lesson! Thanks!

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  11. Credo che fosse una citazione di Gandhi riferita al suo popolo : non date il cibo ma insegna te a come procurarlo.

    Cari saluti🌹

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  12. Amazing, dear Laleh! I believe that all humans should learn that, especially our close friends& relatives whose enegry too often is the obstacle for our own life!

    Have a nice week-end!
    Best wishes,
    Maria 🙂

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  13. Very life teaching story. God bless you and congrats on your award for your book! Blessings & grace. 🙂

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  14. Oh I love this, Laleh! Reminds me of the quote “Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Really wise words, my friend, and such a valuable lesson about putting forth the effort to get the things we need and want in our lives. Always love your stories! 💕

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  15. Great wisdom in a beautiful story!

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  16. Good morning my dear Laleh!!

    What a lovely story!! I have one more for you…

    Once upon a time, there were two neighbors living next to each other. One of them was a retired teacher and another was an insurance agent who had a lot of interest in technology. Both of them had planted different plants in their garden. The retired teacher was giving a small amount of water to his plants and didn’t always give a full attention to them, while the other neighbor interested in technology, had given a lot of water to his plants and looked after them too well.

    The retired teacher’s plants were simple but looked good. The insurance agent’s plants were much fuller and greener. One day, during the night, there was a heavy rain and a wind due to a minor storm. Next morning, both of the neighbors came out to inspect the damage to their garden. The neighbor who was an insurance agent saw that his plants came off from the roots and were totally destroyed. But, the retired teacher’s plants were not damaged at all and were standing firm.

    The insurance agent neighbor was surprised to see it, he went to the retired teacher and asked, “We both grew the same plants together, I actually looked after my plants better than you did for yours, and even gave them more water. Still, my plants came off from the roots, while yours didn’t. How is that possible?”

    The retired teacher smiled and said, “You gave your plants more attention and water, but because of that they didn’t need to work themselves for it. You made it easy for them. While I gave them just an adequate amount of water and let their roots search for more. And, because of that, their roots went deeper and that made their position stronger. That is why my plants survived”.

    Moral: This story is about parenting where children are like plants. If everything is given to them, they will not understand the hard work it takes to earn those things. They will not learn to work themselves and respect it. Sometimes it’s best to guide them instead of giving them. Teach them how to walk, but let them follow their path.


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  17. A lesson to be learned. Thank you Laleh ♥️

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  18. Very wise, but I wonder if everyone has the wisdom to understand the difference between someone genuinely
    needing help and someone who is playing the system? 🙂

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  19. Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:
    It’s true that we can still learn from the children’s books how to make ourselves a better behaviour in our lives ❤😊🙏❤

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  20. You and your wonderful stories are always welcome dear Laleh (جان) ❤🙏❤

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  21. A good lesson that we learn from this story, should be aware of lazy opportunistic people

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  22. Fantastic story, very needed lesson. Thanks for sharing

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  23. This reminds me of one of the fables of Aesop. Of course, we can see that the monkey is the most intelligent member of the animal kingdom.

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  24. Excellent story and insight. Sort of like teaching somehow how to fish to eat for a lifetime instead of providing a fish for each meal. 🙂

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  25. Beautiful visuals to illustrate this story. ❤

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  26. I love this story. ❤

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  27. Thanks for your like of my post, ” Israel 12 – Yahweh Shammah – The Tent Of Meeting – Exodus 33;” you are very kind.

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  28. Una novella intelligente.

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  29. A great story full of truth. However, the mentally ill, including me, have been falsely diagnosed as a “lazy bear” in the past. We had no visible reason that we cannot work. We stayed in bed all day. People questioned our motive, our character, our relationship with Jesus. We have had “friends” like Job’s: “miserable comforters.” Rather that making an initial assumption and accusing and tricking someone, maybe talking to them and finding out what is going on in their life would be more productive. This is a great story, but it is based on superficial assumption and is superficial in its reasoning. Perhaps you have a story that fits my situation better?

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  30. enable
    bring more than thaT

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  31. Your lessons in stories are alway last treasures Laleh! 💕

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