The lazy boy began to see what he could do. But after a little practice he found that he was becoming very skilled and soon he was making some of the finest tacks.
Old Mr. Smith died and the son on account of the war lost all his goods. He had to leave home and was forced to take up residence in another country. It so happened that in this village there were numerous shoemakers who were spending a lot of money to buy tacks for their shoes and even at times when they paid high prices they were not always able to get what they wanted, because in that part of the country there was a high demand for soldiers’ shoes.
Our young Mr. Smith, who was finding it difficult to earn his daily bread, remembered that once upon a time he had learned the art of making tacks and had the sudden idea of making a bargain with the shoemakers. He told them that he would make the tacks if they would help to get him settled in his workshop. The shoemakers were only too glad of the offer. And after a while, Mr. the finest tacks in the village.
”How funny it seems,” he used to say, “even making tacks can bring a fortune. My trade is more useful to me than were all my former riches.”
The Patient and the Ship Owner
This incident occurred one morning outside Albert Sch-weitzer’s hospital in the African jungle.A patient had gone fishing in another man’s boat.The owner of the boat thought he should be given all the fish that were caught.Dr.Sch-weitzer said to the boat owner：
“You are right because the other man ought to have asked permission to use your boat.But you are wrong because you are careless and lazy.You merely twisted the chain of your canoe round a palm tree instead of fastening it with a padlock.Of laziness you are guilty because you were asleep in your hut on this moonlit night instead of making use of the good opportunity for fishing.”