Find out how Prince Amir remains cheerful in the midst of great difficulties.
Translator/Author : The Mother
Narration : Jeremy Roske
Music : Umar
Illustration : Emanuele Scanziani
Animation : BookBox
Amir was the prince of Khorasan. He lived in grand style. When he set out to war, three hundred camels carried pots and pans and plates for his kitchen.
One day he was taken prisoner by the Caliph Ismail. But misfortune does not exempt a man from hunger. So when Amir saw his chief cook nearby, he asked the good man to prepare him a meal. The cook had one piece of meat left which he had put in a pot on the fire. Then he went to find some vegetables to give a little taste to the stew.
A passing dog sniffed at the meat and put his nose in the pot. Then, feeling the heat of the fire, he drew back sharply. But he was so clumsy that the pot got stuck on his head and he ran off in a panic, unable to get rid of it.
Amir burst out laughing at the sight. “Why are you laughing when you have every reason to be sad?” asked the officer on guard. Amir showed him the dog streaking away from the camp and said, “I am laughing at the thought that this very morning it took three hundred camels to transport my kitchen. Now, one dog is enough to carry it all away!”
Amir took pleasure in being cheerful in spite of going through one of the worst times of his life. So we should give him credit for his light-heartedness. If he was able to joke in the midst of such serious difficulties, is it not possible for us to smile in the face of lesser worries?
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