Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Xiu Cai Dreams

In ancient China, there's a Xiu Cai(someone who passed the lowest level of the civil service examination, usually at the village level) who will take state exam for the third time in the kingdom capital. He stay at the inn that he used to occupy, two days before the exam he had a dream.

The first dream was that he was growing chicory on a very high wall. The second, when rainy day in addition to wearing a hat, he also use an umbrella.

This Xiu Cai thinks that his two dream have a very deep meaning. He immediately seek a fortune-tellers to help clarify the meaning of his dreams. After listening the Xiu Cai story, repeatedly patting his thigh, the fortune-tellers say, "You better go home. Think of it, to plant vegetables on a very high wall is very difficult? Wearing a hat and umbrella on a rainy day, wasn't it doing something too much?

Hearing this description, the Xiu Cai feels down to take the exams. He back to the lodge and packing to return home. Seeing this the innkeeper was very surprised. "Isn't the test tomorrow, why are you going home?"

The Xiu Cai told him about his dreams. The inn owner said cheerfully, "Ah, I can also explain the meaning of the dreams. I suggest that you should not go home yet. Planted on a very high wall means chosen with the highest score test? Wearing a hat and umbrella on a rainy day, means you have proper preparation and you will not fail?

The Xiu Cai feel this explanation is very plausible, because of that he eagerly take the state exam. He got third rank.

The story not to encourage us to believe in the dreams, but teaches that everything has two sides. From which side we looked, that later on the results we get.

The pessimist, give him 100 path of success will only result with 300 kinds of reasons to refuse. While the optimist, give him 1 path to success, he will make a specific 10-step planning.

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