Here’s the classic short story “The Tortoise and the Hare” by Aesop:
Once upon a time, in a peaceful meadow, there lived a swift and boastful hare. The hare was known far and wide for his incredible speed, and he never missed an opportunity to flaunt it. He would challenge every animal in the meadow to a race and always win, leaving his competitors feeling defeated and embarrassed.
Among the meadow’s inhabitants was a humble tortoise. Unlike the hare, the tortoise was slow and steady. He didn’t care much for racing, and he certainly didn’t boast about his abilities. The other animals often mocked him for his sluggish pace.
One sunny morning, the hare was feeling particularly arrogant. He couldn’t resist showing off his speed once again, and this time he directed his taunts at the tortoise. “Hey, slowpoke,” he jeered, “I challenge you to a race. I’ll give you a head start, and I’ll still beat you before you even reach the finish line!”
The tortoise, being a wise and patient creature, accepted the challenge without hesitation. The race was set, and all the animals gathered to watch. They lined up at the starting line, with the tortoise in front and the hare behind, ready to begin.
The signal was given, and off they went. The hare sprinted ahead, leaving the tortoise far behind. The spectators cheered for the hare, convinced that he would win as usual. The hare was so confident in his victory that he decided to take a nap under a tree along the way.
Meanwhile, the tortoise continued to plod along, step by slow step. He was determined to finish the race, no matter how long it took. He didn’t let the hare’s taunts or the crowd’s laughter discourage him.
After a while, the hare woke up from his nap, yawned, and stretched. He realized that he had plenty of time to catch up to the tortoise and win the race. With lightning speed, he dashed towards the finish line.
But to his astonishment, when he reached the finish line, he found the tortoise already there, smiling and calmly waiting. The tortoise had won the race!
The moral of the story is clear: “Slow and steady wins the race.” The hare’s overconfidence and arrogance had led to his downfall, while the tortoise’s perseverance and determination had brought him victory.
And so, the animals of the meadow learned a valuable lesson that day, and the boastful hare learned to be humble. From then on, he never underestimated anyone based on their appearance or abilities, and the meadow became a much friendlier and more harmonious place.Daily Pedia Short Stories
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