Here is a moving story with an incredible reflection that will make think twice about the real value of your parents.
Parents are the most important human beings that many of us can have in our lives, and it is something that many people think constantly, but for many reasons, sometimes we take that feeling for granted and don’t take the time to prove it with actions, not even with words.
Sometimes we don’t even value the little things they do for us, or we want to get rid of them when they become a "burden" in our lives and for society.
Therefore, here’s a brief Zen story that will make you reflect and value a little more the people that gave you the life.
A farmer got so old that he couldn’t work the fields anymore. So he would spend the day just sitting on the porch. His son, still working the farm, would look up from time to time and see his father sitting there.
“He’s of no use anymore,” the son thought to himself, “he doesn’t do anything!” One day the son got so frustrated by this, that he built a wood coffin, dragged it over to the porch, and told his father to get in.
Without saying anything, the father climbed inside. After closing the lid, the son dragged the coffin to the edge of the farm where there was a high cliff.
As he approached the drop, he heard a light tapping on the lid from inside the coffin. He opened it up.
Still lying there peacefully, the father looked up at his son.
“I know you are going to throw me over the cliff, but before you do, may I suggest something?” he said.
“What is it?” replied the son.
“Throw me over the cliff, if you like,” said the father, “but save this good wood coffin. Your children might need to use it.”
The end of this story can be summarized in a simple sentence:
“A son you were, a father you'll be; as you sow, so shall you reap.”
Life is something incredible, where everything you do can have its repercussions in the future.
And just as you treat your parents, be it good or bad, it will be like your children will treat you when you are older.
Because there are times when they turn into the reflection of us when we were their age, and we begin to recriminate them, without reflecting on how we were as children, on what we failed, and why we never changed.
Let this humble father’s sacrifice be a lesson for all.