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A long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married &
Went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time,
Li-Li found that she couldn’t get along with her mother-in-law at all.
Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by
Many of her mother-in-law’ s habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li
Days passed and weeks passed. Li-Li and her mother-in-law
Never stopped arguing and fighting. But what made the situation even
Worse was that,
According to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow
To her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and
Unhappiness in the house was causing Li-Li’s poor husband great distress.
Finally, Li-Li could not stand her mother-in-law’ s bad temper
And dictatorship any longer, and she decided to do something about
Li-Li went to see her father’s good friend, Mr. Huang, who sold herbs.
She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison
So that she could solve the problem once and for all. Mr. Huang thought
For a while,and finally said, ” Li-Li, I will help you solve your problem,
But you must listen to me and obey what I tell you.”

Li-Li said, ” Yes, Mr. Huang, I will do whatever you tell me to
Mr. Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few
Minutes with a package of herbs. He told Li-Li, ” You can’t use a quick-acting
Poison to get rid of your mother-in-law, because that would cause people
To become suspicious .
Therefore, I have given you a number of herbs that will slowly
Build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and
Put a little of these herbs in her serving. Now, in order to make sure
That nobody suspect you when she dies.
You must be very careful to act very friendly towards her.

Don’t argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like
A queen.”

Li-Li was so happy. She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to
Start her plot of murdering her mother-in-law. Weeks went by and months
Went by, and every other day, Li-Li served the specially treated food to her

Mother-in-law. She remembered what Mr. Huang had said about
Avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper, obeyed her
Mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother.

After six months had passed, the whole household had changed. Li-Li had practiced controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never got mad or upset.

She hadn’t had an argument with her mother-in-law in six
Months because she now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with. The
Mother-in-law’ s attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love Li-Li
Like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the
Best daughter-in- law one could ever find. Li-Li and her mother-in-law
Were now treating each other like a real mother and daughter.
Li-Li’s husband was very happy to see what was happening.
One day, Li-Li came to see Mr. Huang and asked for his help
She said, ” Dear Mr. Huang, please help me to keep the poison from
Killing my mother-in-law! She’s changed into such a nice woman, and I
Love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison
I gave her.”
Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head. ” Li-Li, there’s
Nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave
You were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your
Mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the
Love which you gave to her.”

HAVE YOU REALIZED that how you treat others is exactly how
They will treat you? There is a wise Chinese saying: ” The person who loves
Others will also be loved in return.”

God might be trying to work in another person’s life through you

Written by Bhushan Kulkarni

January 5, 2007 at 8:52 am

Posted in Short stories

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