The Four Basic Tenets of Life

A young lady was waiting for her flight in the departure hall of a large airport. As she would need to wait for some time, she decided to buy a book to while away the hours. She also bought a packet of biscuits and then sat down in an armchair in the premier lounge of the airport, to rest and read in peace.

Pile of chocolate chip cookies isolated on white background

Beside the armchair where the packet of biscuits lay, a man who was sitting in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading. When she took out the first biscuit, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She thought: “What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!” For each biscuit she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her but she didn’t want to make a scene.

When only one biscuit remained, she thought: “Ah…what will this abusive man do now?” Then, the man, taking the last biscuit, divided it into half, giving her one half. Ah! That was just too much! She was extremely angry now! In a huff, she took her book, her things and stormed to the boarding gate.

When she sat down in her seat, in the plane, she looked into her handbag to take out her eyeglasses, and, to her surprise, her packet of biscuits was there, untouched, unopened! She felt so ashamed!! She realized that she had been in the wrong all the while. She had forgotten that her packet of biscuits was still in her handbag. The man had divided his biscuits with her, without feeling angered or bitter…while she had been very flabbergasted, thinking that she was dividing her biscuits with him. And now there was no chance to explain herself…nor to apologize.

There are four things that you cannot recover.

1. The stone…after the throw!

2. The word…after it’s said!


3. The occasion…after the loss!……and……

4. The time…after it’s gone….!


Be wise and stay safe.


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