நில்லாத வற்றை நிலையின என்றுணரும்
புல்லறி வாண்மை கடை
One day, Napoleon, the Emperor, was celebrating his day in a joyful mood. The reason for his happiness is great success in battle with his leadership. He addressed his four marshals, who had also been his close companions during the victory in war, and said, “Ask me for anything you want, even if it’s Paris itself I shall give you.”
The first marshal, a German by birth, responded, “Oh, I’ve always had a desire to build a house in the city of Paris.”
Napoleon replied, “I will offer you the grand bungalow in Paris.”
The next person belongs to the city of Paris. He expressed his desire to own a luxurious hotel in the city.
Emperor Napoleon chuckled and happily agreed to fulfill his request with joy.
The third marshal, like the previous two, had his own request. He asked for a vineyard and a farm to cultivate. Napoleon responded with the same answer as before, saying that his request would also be granted.
The final marshal was a Jewish man. He asked Napoleon for a two-week vacation. Napoleon replied, “Your vacation begins tomorrow.”
As the marshal left with his fellow comrades, the first three marshals laughed at him, “Are you foolish? You just asked for your vacation instead of the valuable things?”. The emperor would have granted whatever you wished for, you just
wasted the chance.
To this, he replied, “My friends! Napoleon has promised to provide all that you asked for, but they are not yet in your hands. It will take time to fulfill your requests. He will handover to an official who work diligently to arrange everything. The person who has been assigned this task will be managing a thousand of jobs. He will assign this work to another person under him and ensure that your requests are met. He is the one responsible for making all this possible. The importance of the assigned work steps down and down when it is passed over to lower officials. So this will be a crucial work”
The other marshals responded, “If that’s the case, we should go and express our grief directly to the Emperor.”
The Jewish marshal responded, “My friends, the Emperor’s happiness on this victory will not longer. The significance of the victory achieved in battle diminishes with each passing day, and it may become overshadowed by other issues. However, it’s not just the success of your concern department that concerns him; he will be also focused on the triumph of your future works. His gaze is fixed not only on the present but also on the future of your works. Therefore, tomorrow, if any mistake occurs in your work, you must stand before him with your heads down and not you cannot even speak a word about this valuable things. As for the vacation I requested, I already have it in my hands.”
So its always better to enjoy the things at present and which are fixed than to expect for the things which may vary.