Leadership and Culture Shift?

"There is a tearing of the cultural fabric in India that will rip the heart out of what has been a docile and tranquil culture."

THE SEED                                                                
                                                                           
   An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was              
   time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his            
   assistants or his children, he decided to do something different.       
                                                                           
   He called young people in the kingdom together one day.                 
   He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next             
   emperor.  I have decided to choose one of you.  "The children           
   were shocked, but the emperor continued. "I am going to give            
   each one of you a seed today - one very special seed. I want            
   you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year            
   from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I               
   will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose         
   will be the next emperor."                                              
                                                                           
   One boy, named Ling, was there that day and he, like the others,        
   received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his mother the        
   story.  She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted      
   the seed and watered it, carefully. Everyday, he would water it         
   and watch to see if  it had grown.                                       
                                                                           
   After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk         
   about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling      
   kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four        
   weeks, five weeks went by. Still nothing. By now, others were           
   talking about their plants, but Ling didn't have a plant and he felt    
   like a failure.                                                         
                                                                           
   Six months went by--still nothing in Ling's pot. He just knew he        
   had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but       
   he had nothing. Ling didn't say anything to his friends, however.       
   He just kept waiting for his seed to grow.                               
                                                                           
   A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought        
   their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling told his mother
that   
   he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But his mother asked him to       
   be honest about what happened.                                          
                                                                           
   Ling felt sick at his stomach, but he knew his mother was right.        
   He took his empty pot to the palace. When Ling arrived, he was          
   amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They         
   were beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot         
   on the floor and many of the other children laughed at him. A           
   few felt sorry for him and just said, "Hey, nice try."                   
                                                                           
   When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young    
   people. Ling just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants,    
   trees,                                                                  
   and flowers you have grown," said the emperor.                          
                                                                           
   "Today one of you will be appointed the next emperor."                  
                                                                           
   All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room       
   with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front.    
   Ling was terrified. He thought, "The emperor knows I'm a failure!       
   Maybe he will have me killed!"                                          
                                                                            
   When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. "My name        
   is Ling," he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of
him. 
   The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and        
   then announced to the crowd, " Behold your new emperor! His name        
   is Ling!" Ling couldn't believe it. Ling couldn't even grow his
seed.   
   How could he be the new emperor?                                        
                                                                           
   Then the emperor said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone             
   here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and       
   bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds that         
   would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees          
   and plants and flowers.                                                  
                                                                           
   When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted            
   another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with         
   the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it.           
   Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!"                  
                                                                           
   If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.                              
   If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.                           
   If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.                         
   If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.                       
   If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony.                      
   If you plant hard work, you will reap success.                           
   If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.                 
   If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.                             
                                                                           
   So let us be careful about what we plant now; it will determine what
we 
   will reap tomorrow. The seeds we now scatter will make life worse or    
   better for us or for the ones who will come after us. Someday we
will   
   enjoy the fruits or will pay for the choices we make.                   
                                                                           
   Remain Blessed!
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