A Life Lesson An Old Man Taught Me

An old man saw a scorpion drowning and decided to pull it out from the water. He calmly extended his hand to reach the creature. When he did, the scorpion stung him. With the effect of the pain, the old man let go the creature and it fell back into the water. The man realizing that the scorpion was still drowning got back and tried to rescue it but then again it stung him. He let go of it again. A young boy standing by, approached the old man and said, “Excuse me Sir; you are going to hurt yourself trying to save this creation, why do you insist? Don’t you realize that each time you try to help the scorpion, it stings you?” The man replied, “The nature of the scorpion is to sting and mine is to help. My nature will not change in helping the scorpion.” So the man thought for a while and used a leaf from a nearby tree and pulled the scorpion out from the water and saved its life.

The nature of the scorpion is to sting and hurt its prey. The old man knew this but he didn’t change to be like the scorpion or he didn’t storm off saying “I’m trying to help this stupid scorpion and its hurting me, God punish you”. What he did was adapt in order to help it.
In our daily lives, we are hurt by people but what hurts us the most is when we try to help people and they later pay our kindness back with evil. We regret and then make up our minds not to be good again, never to help people because everyone is wicked and ungrateful.

The moral lesson is that we should never change our nature for anyone. Some people are malicious, others ungrateful, some back-stabbers and a host of them are heart breakers. If someone hurts you, learn from it and move on. Don’t decide to be like them. He breaks your heart so you decide to break other guys’ hearts or you let it affect how you relate to guys negatively (all guys are the same mentality). Just because some people are heartless doesn’t mean you have to be heartless as well and also doesn’t mean everyone else is heartless. Stop making cheap generalizations. Let your conscience be your guide in whatever you do. Remember at the end of the day it will all be between you and your God, so pick the path that will please Him.


Acknowledgment: To the brilliant human being who came up with the old man and scorpion story.

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