An ambitious rat wanted to get married. So, he went to the most powerful human king and asked for his daughter —
‘You are the greatest. I am the best. I want to marry the princess,’ he said.
The King immediately responded by saying the Sun was mightier than him. So the rat went to the Sun and said the same —
‘But…the cloud is more powerful than me’
And so the rat went to the cloud. The cloud explained how the wind was more powerful — for the wind pushed it around.
The ambitious rat went to the wind.
‘I am not as strong as you think Mr. Rat,’ the wind responded and told him how the grass was stronger. For, no matter how hard the wind tried he couldn’t blow it away.
The rat then went to the grass and asked for his daughter. The grass responded —
‘What are you talking about! You are stronger than me. You hide beneath me, cut my roots and kill me. You are better than me, rat!’
The ambitious rat understood the fallacy of his reasoning and married a rat!
Blinded by ambition and greed, we tend to go after that which seems the most lucrative. But what matters is — what we are as individuals. We are all wired different. This difference is due to our distinct environment and experiences. This makes us all unique in our own way, shaping our desires and skills.
Our task is to understand our desires and go after them — all guns blazing. Mastering the skills in the process.
The rat story is a folk tale.