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


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