Monday, December 17, 2012


A long time ago in China , a girl named Li-Li got married & went to
live with her husband and mother-in-law.

In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn't get along with her
mother-in-law at all. Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li
was angered by many of her mother-in-law's habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li
constantly. Days passed, and weeks passed. Li-Li and her mother-in-law never
stopped arguing and fighting. But what made the situation even worse
was that, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her
mother-in-law and obey her every wish. Al l the anger and unhappiness
in the house was causing Li-Li's poor husband great distress.

Finally, Li-Li could not stand her mother-in-law's bad temper and
dictatorship any longer, and she decided to do something
about it. Li-Li went to see her father's good friend, Mr. Huang, who
sold herbs. She told him the situation and asked if he would give her
some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all.
Mr. Huang thought for awhile, and finally said, "Li-iL, I will help
you solve your problem, but you must listen to me and obey what I tell
you." Li-Li said,"Yes, Mr. Huang, I will do whatever you tell me to do. "Mr.
Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few minutes with a package
of herbs. He told Li-Li,
"You can't use a quick-acting poison to get rid of your mother-in-law,
because that would cause people to become suspicious. Therefore, I
have given you a number of herbs that
will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some
delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving. Now, in
order to make sure that nobody suspect you, when she dies, you must be
very careful to act very
friendly towards her. "Don't argue with her,
obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen." Li-Li was so happy.
She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to start
her plot of murdering her mother-in-law.

Weeks went by, and months went by, and every other day, Li-Li served
the specially treated food to her mother-in-law. She remembered what
Mr. Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her
temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother.

After six months had passed, the whole household had changed. Li-Li had
practiced controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never
got mad or upset. She hadn't had an argument with her mother-in-law in six months
because she now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with.

The mother-in-law's attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love Li-Li
like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the best
daughter-in-law one could ever find. Li-Li and her mother-in-law were
now treating each other like a real mother and daughter. Li-Li's
husband was very happy to see what was happening.

One day, Li-Li came to see Mr. Huang and asked for his help again She
said, "Dear Mr. Huang, please help me to keep off the poison from
killing my mother-in-law. She's changed into such a nice woman, and I
love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the
poison I gave her."
Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head. "Li-Li, there's nothing to worry
about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to
improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude
toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you
gave to her."

HAVE YOU REALIZED that how you treat others is exactly how they will treat
you? There is a wise Chinese saying: "The person who loves others
will also be loved in return."

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