President Xi Jing Ping of China said:
As a small child , I was very *selfish*, always grabbing the best for myself.
Slowly, everyone left me and I had no friends. I *didn’t think* it was my fault and I criticized others.
But my father gave me 3 sentences to *help* me in life.
One day, my father cooked 2 bowls of noodles and put them on the table. One had an egg on top while the other bowl had none on top.
Then he asked me to choose a bowl of noodles.
Because eggs were hard to come by those days, I chose the bowl with egg!
I was congratulating myself on my wise choice/decision and decided to wallop the egg. To my surprise, I saw that my father’s bowl of noodles had *two* eggs at the bottom beneath the noodles!
With much regret, I scolded myself for being too hasty in my decision.
My father smiled and *taught* me to remember that *what your eyes see may not be true*.
He added that, *If you make a habit of taking advantage of people, you will end up losing*.
The next day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles: one bowl with an egg on top and the other bowl with no egg on top.
Again, he asked to choose the bowl I wanted.
This time, I felt smarter so I chose the bowl without any egg on top.
Hmmmmmm to my surprise, there was not even a single egg at the bottom of the bowl!
Again, my father smiled and said to me, *My child, you must not always rely on experiences because sometimes, life can cheat you or play tricks on you*.
Never be too annoyed or sad, with situations, *just treat experience as learning a lesson that cannot be gotten from any textbooks*.
The third day, my father again cooked 2 bowls of noodles, one bowl with an egg on top and the other with no egg on top.
He asked me to choose the bowl I wanted.
But this time, I told my father, *Dad, you choose first. You are the head of the family and you contribute the most to the family*.
My father was very happy and he chose for me.
He chose the bowl with one egg on top. But as I ate my bowl of noodles, to my surprise, there were *two* eggs at the bottom of the bowl.
My father smiled at me with love in his eyes. He said, *my child, you must remember that when you think for the good of others, good things will always naturally happen to you*.
I always remember these 3 sentences of my father.
Xi Jing Ping