(unknown author & source)
Once there was an emperor in the Far East who was growing old and knew it was coming time to choose
his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or one of his own children, he decided to do something different.
There was one boy named Ling who was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He
went home and excitedly told his mother the whole story. She helped him get a pot and some planting
soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully. Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
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 she encouraged him to go, and to take his pot, and to be honest about what happened. Ling felt sick to 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 all the other youths. They were beautiful, in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kinds 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!"
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?
An inspirational story. The author makes us ponder " What are you planting in your life?"
I also wonder...could that be why some of MY seeds don't grow? Somebody's boiling my seeds!