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忍辱- 处理矛盾的不二法门 (Tolerance, patience is the way to handle conflicts)
Tolerance is not a passive behaviour. It is a type of strength and responsibility.If you are unable to tolerate or be patient with anything, then one will never be able to succeed.
Chu Zhuang Wang Story
During the Chu Dynastry, there was the famous Chu emperor called Chu Zhuang Wang 楚庄王. He ascended the throne at a very young age. In the first 3 years of his reign, he spent his time womanizing and dancing in the palace, never bothered about the country’s affairs After 3 years, when he met Wu Can 伍参 whom he believed is a capable and loyal man to help him with his country’s affairs, did he change and become a good emperor.
Wu Can realised that the Chu emperor knew a lot about the palace and country’s affair despite his appearance of womanizing and uncapable emperor. The Chu emperor knew he was very young, it will not be good to assume a tight role as there were many powerful and evil ministers in the court. Hence, he tried to bind his time, being patient while hoping to find a capable man to help him. During those 3 years, he appeared so much of a womanizer and uncapable emperor, that the evil ministers did not think he will be of any threat to them. After 3 years, he managed to remove those evil ministers in the court at one go.
When we are faced with conflicts, it is important to be tolerant. Take 2 deep breaths and put yourself into another person’s shoe to think of his situation.
The Special Wood Story
Once you set a worthy goal, it is important to be patient and strive till the end. There was a very rich old man. He was afraid that if he leave all his fortune to his only son, the son will squander all the family fortune. Hence he decided to tell his son to build his own fortune, and not depend on the family.
The son decided to go to a land far away to search for a treasure. He managed to find a special type of wood in the tropical forest. He chopped it off and dried the bark of the tree. Though the bark of the tree is mouldy, there was a very strong aroma coming out of it. When he put the tree into the water, it will sink to the bottom. This is very unlike the normal tree logs which will float. The son think this must be a treasure as it is so different.
The son took his special aroma tree to the market to sell, however nobody wanted to buy it from him. He was very frustrated. At the opposite store, a man was having very good business from selling charcoal. This went on for many days. Finally the son thought since the charcoal business is so good, he might well turn his special tree into charcoal to sell. He burned his special tree and converted to charcoal. Soon he managed to sell off all his charcoal. He was very happy.
The son happily went home to tell his father about it. Upon hearing this, his father cried. The wood that his son burnt is known as Agarwood. It is a very rare and precious wood as it can be made into incense and perfumes. One small piece of its bark when pounded to fine mixture, can fetch many times the price of one big cart of charcoal.
If the son has been persistent, more patient, he will not have wasted such a treasure.