I am reminded of a foolish young guy, who asked the fox its skin. The young guy had just married a beauty. One day, his wife had an idea that a coat of fox fur would look pretty on her. So she asked her husband to get her one. But the coat was rare and too expensive. The helpless husband was forced to walk around on the hillside; just at the moment, a fox was walking by. He lost no time to catch it by the tail.
The man said, "Well, dear fox, let's make an agreement. Could you offer me a sheet of your skin? That isn't a big deal, is it?" The fox was shocked at the request, but she replied calmly, "Well, my dear, that's easy. But let my tail go so that I can pull off the skin for you." The delighted man let the fox free and the moment the fox got free, it ran away as quickly as she could into the forest.
All guys need not be as foolish as this man. But if we turn back and look into ourselves, it won’t be too hard to find out a heap of foolish decisions we have taken. This guy was taught to keep promises and he believed that the fox also would keep what she promised. Whenever we try to generalise another’s experience, the same thing happens. The fact but is that history never repeats as such and every moment is ‘new’. Jump from the same floor from where one day a boy fell down but was saved. No man of proper sense will guarantee you the same fortune. Every time we keep on analysing each possibility using the impressions and programs well set in the mind. We follow history…..with a belief that it is wisdom. It is more or less like allowing others to decide our destiny. Unless we utilise our common sense and accept God given chances with an understanding that we are responsible for what we do, life on earth could be miserable. If Abraham Lincoln would not have dared to buy the barrel of old books, which according to him were of no use at that given time, he would not have ever entered the American White House. Accepting chances that come by, without reference to a past experience, is real success. There is trust in it. Most of us but call it ‘risk’.