There was once a little fly who thought he was very important. He felt proud of himself. One sunny morning, he flew around looking for someone to talk to. He saw a bull grazing in a field. He decided to fly down to talk to him.
The little fly flew down and buzzed around the bull’s head. The bull did not bother him. He went on chewing grass.
The fly then buzzed right inside the bull’s ear. The bull continued chewing grass. The fly thought, “What a stupid animal!”
Now, the fly decided to land on the bull’s horns to make the bull notice him. He waited for the bull to say something but the bull kept quiet.
The fly then shouted angrily, “Oh, Bull, if you find that I am too heavy for you, let me know and I’ll fly away!”.
The bull laughed and said, “Little fly, I don’t care if you stay or leave. You are so tiny and that your weight does not make any difference to me, so please be quiet and leave me alone. ”
Richard Mann’s father is an architect and his mother is a dress designer. His mother had been a great influence in his life. From his young days his mother took him to and from school. She always told him that he must go to a university so Richard studied and passed all his exams. He got a place in Cambridge University. His mother selected a course in Computer Studies for him. She told him that computer was going to be the most important equipment in business.
After one term, Richard was unhappy. He was doing badly. He dropped out and went to work with a gardener he worked as a laborer, digging and planting.
Richard enjoyed watching the plants grow and do well. He decided that he was going to work with plants. He went back to the university and studied Agricultural Science. Today Richard Mann is a landscape gardener and a tree surgeon. He is doing a job that he loves. Not only does he design the landscape. He specializes in planting full grown trees.
As a boy, Lemosolai wondered about school. He’d passed the acacia tree where a white lady was writing lessons on a chalkboard. His father thought that school was unless. He needed his four sons to herd the cattle. A law new was passed that every family must send one child to school. So his father picked on his youngest son, Lemosolai, only six to go.
He was discouraged from using Maa the Masai language. But very quickly he learnt English writing on sand with a stick; he learnt to count using stacks of sticks.
He won a scholarship to a high school in the US. He was very impressed with what he saw. But his fellow students also were impressed with Lemosolai. He made them feel proud of the little that he had.
On one occasion, he asked his fellow students, ‘What is civilization?’ They were puzzled. Then he said, ‘Are people who live in big mansions more civilized than my mother who lives in a cow-dung hut?’
While he learnt to speak, read and write English his classmates learnt many useful values. A students whose mother refused to buy him spikes for running thought of Lemosolai’s values. While I want a pair of spikes there there are many people who can’t afford shoes.