Which way is the right way?

Fri21Dec12

Garuda, the eagle, was enjoying the song of a sparrow atop Mount Kailash, when he saw Yama, the god of death, also looking at the bird. But Yama was frowning. Maybe he did not like the song. Fearing for the welfare of the little bird, Garuda, with compassion in his heart, decided to take the bird away from Yama’s line of sight.

Garuda took the bird in the palm of his hand, and flew to a forest far away beyond seven mountains and seven rivers. There, he left the sparrow on a tree full of succulent fruits.

When he returned to Mount Kailash, he found Yama smiling. Yama explained, “My account books are balanced. I saw a sparrow here singing a song. It is supposed to die today but not here. It is supposed to die in a forest far away beyond seven mountains and seven rivers, eaten by a python that lives under a tree full of succulent fruits. This has happened, thanks to you, Garuda.”

Garuda realized that what he thought was an act of kindness turned out to be an act of cruelty for the sparrow.

You seek a right decision: but right for whom? You? Your career? Your family? Your team? Your organization? Sometimes our success works against us in the long run. Sometimes our failure works in our favor by creating wonderful opportunities. There is no certainty in life.

Excerpt from http://devdutt.com/articles/which-way-is-the-right-way.html

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