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A MAN who lived a long time
ago believed that he could read
the future in the stars. He
called himself an Astrologer, and
spent his time at night gazing at
One evening he was walking
along the open road outside the
village. His eyes were fixed on
the stars. He thought he saw
there that the end of the world
was at hand, when all at once,
down he went into a hole full
of mud and water.
There he stood up to his ears,
in the muddy water, and madly
clawing at the slippery sides of
the hole in his effort to climb out.
His cries for help soon
brought the villagers running.
As they pulled him out of the
mud, one of them said:
"You pretend to read the
future in the stars, and yet you
fail to see what is at your feet!
This may teach you to pay more
attention to what is right in front
of you, and let the future take
care of itself."
"What use is it," said another, "to read the stars, when
you can't see what's right here
on the earth?"
Take care of the little things and the big things
will take care of themselves.