Life & English: The story of a portrait

Once upon a time, there was a Kingdom. The king there only had one leg and one eye, but he was very intelligent and kind. In his kingdom, people were happy.

One day the king was walking through the palace hallway and saw the portraits of his ancestors. He thought that one day his children will walk in the same hallway and remember all the ancestors through these portraits. But, the king did not have his portrait. Due to his physical disabilities, he wasn’t sure how his painting would turn out. So he invited many famous painters and announced that he wanted them to paint his portraits. The rewards would be based on how the paintings turn out. The most beautiful portrait would be placed in the palace.

All of the painters began to think that the king only had one leg and one eye. How could his picture be made beautiful? So one by one, they politely declined to make a painting of the king. But suddenly one painter raised his hand and said that he could make a very beautiful portrait of the king. The king became happy and the painter started drawing the portrait, then he filled the drawing with paints. Finally, after taking a long time, he said that the portrait was ready. Other painters were curious and nervous thinking. But when the painter presented the portrait, all people were surprised.

The painter made a portrait in which the king was sitting on the horse, on the one-leg side, holding his bow and aiming the arrow with his one eye closed. The king was very pleased to see that the painter has made a beautiful portrait by cleverly hiding the king’s disabilities. The King gave him a great reward.

P/s: We should always think positive of others and ignore their deficiencies. We should learn to focus on the good things instead of trying to hide weaknesses. If we think and approach positively even in a negative situation, then we will be able to solve our problems more efficiently.

(Collected & edited by QM)

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