Self-help is the best help
Once a cartman was going to the market place. His cart was loaded heavily with bags of corn. It was evening time and growing dark The weather also was bad. On the way it was pitch dark due to clouds. Soon it began drizzling. Now it began to rain heavily. The path became slippery and full of pools of water and mud. The cart was moving very slowly and heavily. He tried to goad his oxen to speed up but in vain. They went on at a snails pace.
Suddenly the wheels of the cart stuck up into thick mud. Soon the heavy load stuck them deeper. He tried his best to goad the oxen out but in vain. Now having given in, he sat on one side of the ‘road grieving badly on the state of affairs.
God Hercules, the god of strength, appeared in the shape of a farmer before him and asked him the cause of his woe. He explained to him his position. The farmer took him to task for sitting idle, “Why don’t you give your own shoulder to the wheel of your cart? It can be pulled out.” The cartmar got up and put his shoulder to the wheel and the god also put his hand to his help. The cart began moving as usual. The farmer disappeared in no time. The cartman now understood it was none other than Hercules himself. He got a great lesson for his life. He realized unless you come up to help yourself god will not help you. He clearly saw his own strength had pulled out the wheel, the man had simply touched it with his hand. The god helped him only when he helped himself.
Moral: God helps those who help themselves.
Self-help is the best help.