One day donkey was drinking water by the pond. It saw reflection and felt happy at its beauty. It was overjoyed to see its expressive eyes and big ears. It felt worthy and symbolic. It reflected that it was not only handsome, but also greatest working animal that transformed poor societies into rich societies. It was proud that it carried goods, whereas horses throw them. It thought that it was more even headed than horses. If humans would have taken it to wars, then wars would never have happened due to its calming effect.
Suddenly, donkey got curious, âWhy the prince still considered horses as smart, beautiful, strong and fast?â As it wanted an honest answer, so it decided to go to a wise sage, who happened to be an African elephant.
It traveled high hills, deep waters and long deserts and reached Africa. A gigantic majestic elephant was ambling in the wild. To seek his attention, it blared louder than normal. The silence of jungle was suddenly filled with blare. The elephant asked donkey the cause of arrival. The donkey was hungry and thirsty, still it managed to asked question,â Dear wise elephant, I traveled from far off land to know answer from wisest of wise, noblest of noble , Why the prince does not ride on my back, when he goes out with princess ? Why horses always think themselves as royal and I am always looked as pauper. Why cannot I be respected as horse, which is always so well fed and treated?â
The elephant was watchful and wise and so, offered donkey bucketful water to drink and basketful food to eat and asked him to relax first. Once donkey had gone for rest, the wise elephant was in predicament how it should answer the donkey. Elephant thought and thought, but it felt that donkey will remain donkey, even if it travels to New York, Milan, Tokyo, or even Mecca. Wise elephant whispered to himself, âLike elephant can never turn himself into lion king, so does donkey can never turn himself into horse.â But this answer would not have calmed the donkey, so elephant decided that it would answer the question diplomatically.
Next day, when donkey visited elephant, the elephant said, âOh Intelligent and friendly donkey, I feel hurt that your bother that humans donât respect you for your service. They have always been selfish as they gave names to all who served them, even loyal and faithful dogs were not spared. As with faith and fearlessness, with planning and persistence, with talk and action, the powerful and wise on Earth have met their destiny and so will you. As you are known to me for your calm, diligence, peace, humility and service, but you never travel enough to let the living know you better. Please travel far and wide to let living know that you are loyal and steady, which is as good as being smart and fast.â
As donkey had become more adventurous and confident due to its long travel, so it misheard the words of majestic elephant and took them as boring appreciation. As it no longer wanted to look stupid and dull, so it decided to trip non-stop as widely as possible and tell animals about itself as much as possible. When donkey was finalizing its travel adventures in hurry, an eagle was watching donkey from tree top. It had also secretly heard the talk while at the mountain top when donkey and elephant were talking. It got hungrier at the sight of donkey, as it had never tasted donkey flesh and remembered Chinese saying, âIn heaven there is dragon meat, and on earth there is donkey meat.â As the Eagle thought foolish and stupid donkey was pondering over some worthless travel, so it admonished donkey why he is wasting precious time pondering on something invaluable like humans.
Moral: It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.