THE SHEPHERD AND THE SEA
A shepherd was grazing his flock of sheep in a pasture near the sea. The sea was looking very calm, so the shepherd decided to make a voyage. He sold his flock of sheep and bought dates from the money. He hired a ship and loaded his stock of dates, in the hope of earning good profit on his voyage. When the ship was in the mid ocean, a fierce storm blew up. The ship was badly shattered and capsized. The shepherd lost everything in that venture and somehow managed to get to the shore. Time elapsed, and the shepherd was back to his old business of tending sheep. While walking down the beach, he saw a man who was admiring the tranquility of the sea. The shepherd said, “The sea looks calm because she is after your dates”.