THE WOMAN AND HER TWO DAUGHTERS
There was a woman who was the mother of two daughters, and she had married them
both off: one to a gardener and the other to a potter. She then paid a visit
to the daughter who was married to the gardener, and as they talked about things
in general the mother asked her daughter how she was faring. The daughter said,
'In general, things are good, but please pray that there will be some rainfall,
so that the vegetables will be well-watered and flourish accordingly.' The mother
then left and went to see the daughter who was living with the potter. She asked
the daughter what she might need, and the daughter replied, 'In general, things
are good, mother, but please pray that we have clear weather and hot sunny days
without a cloud in the sky so that the pots will dry out more quickly.' At this
point the mother said, 'But if you are hoping for clear skies and your sister
wants a downpour, then how am I going to pray for the two of you?'
The story shows that people who are conducting two opposite businesses are
bound to fail at both of them.