No free lunch for the lazy

City Talk | 25 Oct 2016

This story serves to give one an idea of pain and gain gleaned from ancient Chinese wisdom.

There once was a farmer during the Song Dynasty.

He used to work very hard on his farm, harvesting bumper crops.

One day, he saw a rabbit pop out from the underbrush.

The rabbit scuttled away with fear upon seeing him and died from running into a tree.

The man was so happy by this unsolicited reward of a free rabbit for his supper.

Days later, he went farming as usual, but he could not concentrate on his work like before.

He frequently glanced at the brush in the hope of seeing another rabbit again.

At the end of the day, he got nothing, neither rabbit nor work done.

The next day, he abandoned his work on the farm completely so he could focus on waiting for the rabbit.

Once again, he didn't get any rabbits.

Day by day, the farmer laid near the tree to wait for rabbits.

Unfortunately, his hopes never eventuated.

The farmer didn't get any more rabbits.

However, he ended up with a farm that was bereft of any crops with which he could have sustained his life.

This story seems simple but yet many people often repeat mistakes again and again.

Free lunches are hard to come by and we often linger on things that are in the past and hope for a magical moment to happen in our lives!

By the time we realize that we need to create our own luck, we are either old or too late to remedy the situation.

In feng shui consultations, clients often look for magical solutions for their problems.

The story warns us that everyone needs to work hard in order to reap a reward. Like Westerners always say, "no pain no gain!"

In order to lose weight, you need to work out! To improve the quality of life, one needs to understand the root of all that one is doing wrong as well as one's working habits.

The current method that you are using can't get you where you intend to go. By changing the method, hopefully one will get where one wants.

At least for now, change the paradigm on which you base your life as well as the way you look at things!

Kerby Kuek has published 15 books on feng shui, inner alchemy, Taoism and metaphysics. He can be contacted at

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