Paying it Forward

Ant was out, taking a walk with his big green leaf that he carries around. He passed by a  younger ant.

“I bet you are that ant that everyone is talking about,” said the younger ant.  “I hear you carry that leaf around with you just to make everyone feel sorry for you. I want to be just like you when I grow up.”

“No,” said Ant. “You don’t want to be just like me. It is a beautiful spring day. Go play and enjoy yourself.”

“Why shouldn’t I be just like you?” asked the younger ant.

“You want to know why?” asked Ant. “I will tell you. What I do, is, I use this leaf to trick others into feeling sorry for me. I get others to help protect me.”

“I don’t see anything wrong with that,” said the younger ant. “It is actually quite genius what you do.”

“If what I do is so genius,” said Ant, sternly. “Then why am I the most despised ant in Storyland? I don’t have a single friend.”

The younger ant thought about what Ant had said to him. He didn’t want to end up being despised. That wouldn’t be a very good life.

“You are right,” said the younger ant. “I don’t want to be like you.”

“Good,” said Ant. “Now, be on your way.”

“No,” said the younger ant. “I do want to be your friend, so you don’t have to be alone either.”

“That is really nice of you,” said Ant. “Thank you!”

Ant and the younger ant ended up being the best of friends. Ant decided he would help the younger ant and keep him out of trouble.


Moral of this Story:

  • Always try to pay it forward in life.
  • Example: Ant didn’t want the younger ant to be like him so he discouraged him. The two became good friends.

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