A certain good woman one day said something that hurt her best friend of
many years. She regretted immediately and would have done anything to have taken
the words back . What she said hurt the friend so much that this good woman was
herself hurt for the pain she caused . In an effort to undo what she had done ,
she went to an older ,wise woman in the village, explained her situation ,and
asked for advice.
Listening to her ，the older woman sensed the younger woman's distress and
knew she must help her . xiaogushi8.com She also knew she could never alleviate
the pain , but she could teach . She knew the outcome would depend solely on the
character of the younger woman . She said ,"Tonight ,take your best feather
pillows and put single feather on the doorstep of each house in the town before
the sun rises."
The young woman hurried home to prepare for her chore ,even though the
feather pillows were very dear to her .All night long ,she labored alone in the
cold. Finally the sky was getting light ,she placed the last feather on the
steps of the last house .Just as the sun rose, she returned to the older
"Now", said the wise woman," go back and refill your pillows with the
feather you have put on the steps . xiaogushi8.com then everything will be as it
"You know that's impossible! the wind blew away each feather as fast as I
placed them on the doorsteps!" the young woman was surprised .
"That's true," said the older woman." never forget. each of your words is
like a feather in the wind. once spoken, no amount of effort, regardless how
heartfelt or sincere, can never return them to your mouth. Choose your words
well and guard them most of all the presence of those of you love."