A wise man walks along the side of a river. He hears
weak calls for help and finds a person, clinging on to
an old, dead branch for dear life.
"Help me," the person calls out as they see the wise man
peek over the edge, "Get me out of here! I can't hold on
any longer! Get me a rope, give me your hand!" The wise
man looks around and spots a beautiful red flower
growing on the riverbed. He picks it, holds it out and
down to the person and says, "Take this. It's a magic
flower. You'll be saved."
The person reaches for the magic flower and in so doing,
lets go of the dead branch - the rushing river takes him
away in an instance.
The wise man smiles and walks a little way further,
where he finds the person, wet and bedraggled, washed
ashore quite safely on a shallow stretch. He goes to the
person, gives him the flower and says gently, "Told you