The Travellers and the Plane tree

Once upon a time, there were two travellers. They were walking from one town to another town.
The sun was bright and it was very hot. They were very tired and could no longer walk.
“Look. A plane tree! It is so shady under it. We can go and rest under the tree.”
“Sir Plane tree, can I come and rest under you? It is very hot”, said the traveller to the tree.
“But of course” said the tree and the travellers came and sat under the tree.

After some time, the travellers looked up the tree and saw that there were no fruits.
“My dear Plane tree, don’t you have any fruits?” said the travellers to the tree
“No, I cannot make any fruits”, said the tree to the travellers and smiled widely.
“Oh Ok. So you cannot give me any food to eat” said the travellers and smirked.

After some time, the travellers looked up the tree and saw that there were no flowers.
“My dear Plane tree, don’t you have any flowers?” said the travellers to the tree
“No, I cannot make any flowers”, said the tree to the travellers and smiled widely.
“Oh Ok. So you cannot give me any flowers to smell” said the travellers and smirked.

After some time, the travellers looked up the tree and saw that the wood was very weak.
“My dear Plane tree, don’t you have any strong wood which we can use?” said the travellers to the tree
“No, my wood is weak”, said the tree to the travellers and smiled widely.

“Oh Ok. So you cannot give me anything useful. You cannot make tasty fruits. You cannot make good smelling flowers. You cannot make strong wood. You must be the most useless tree of all. And yet you smile so widely like a fool” said the travellers and laughed.
“Do not be so ungrateful. I may not produce flowers with a beautiful smell. I may not produce tasty fruit. I may not produce strong wood. But at this very moment, I am giving you shade from the sun. You are refreshed and alive only because of me” said the tree and continued to smile.

Moral: All of God’s creations have a good purpose. W

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