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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

286- Whom can I Learn From?


Mark used to follow well-known people so he can sit with them for a while. After accomplishing this, he would brag to his family and friends on how he got to do something they never did. One day, Mark met a wise man. He asked the wise man, Give me an apophthegm.

The wise man answered, Dont seek the acquaintance of famous people but try to learn from the people around you, even a small child or a thief.

How can I learn from a child? Image: Teachers صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: معلمين Image: Teachers.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: معلمين.

You learn from a child 3 things:

- First, a child doesnt need anything to make him happy because hes always happy.

- Next, a child doesnt know laziness, as he/she is always active and busy.

- Last of all, learn praying earnestly for, when a child wants anything he/she never stops asking until he/she gets it.

 How can I learn from a thief?

You can learn from a thief five things:

- First, a thief makes plans in the morning and works at night so he doesnt give himself any rest.

- Second, he never gives up. If he doesnt succeed in one plan, he makes another to get what he wants.

- Third, he always loves his partners and cooperates with them.

- Fourth, Hes always ready to die for whatever he wants to get.

- Last of all, He doesnt mind any obstacles or problems.

→ English translation of the story here at ممن أتعلم؟! Divider

Lord, help me learn from all things.

I learn working hard from the ants (Prov. 6.6),

Peace from doves (Matt. 10.16),

Wisdom from the serpent (Matt. 10. 16),

Discipline from the bees.

May I learn from the evil to stop doing evil.

I learn from the wise so I love wisdom.

May Your Holy Spirit work in me.

And let Your Holy Wisdom help me, O Lord!