The master stepped out of her sleeping area, refreshed from a good night’s sleep. She looked out to see the students scurrying about with their morning tasks. For a moment, she was taken back to when she had first come to learn. So without thinking, she grabbed a broom and joined the two students that were sweeping. They, the two students, both stopped for a moment. But the master continued to clean, so they did as well. More hands make the work go faster.
They swept until the entire compound was clean. The master walked over to the shed and placed the broom in the shed, and grabbed a hoe. She started starting working the soil around the vegetables. The students grabbed hoes and began doing the same. Now there were three students instead of two.
The garden area was soon finished. The master walked back to the shed and carefully put away the hoe. She then grabbed the water bucket and began walking towards the well that was on the nearby hill. The students all scurried to join her with buckets walking to the well. The plants were quickly watered. And the buckets put away.
The master stopped in front of the shed and waited for a moment. The students. Now all of them returned their buckets neatly to the hut. “why were you working?” The master asked the students.
“Because you were.” The students answered.
The next day the same thing happened. The master rose and began working. The tasks were done even faster the second day. The master again asked, “why were you working?”
“The students all answered, “because you were.”
The third day came and went the same way with the same answer.
The fourth day came and went the same.
On the fifth day, all but one of the students answered the same.
The one student looked at the master and said, “because the job had to be done.”
The master smiled. The lesson had been taught.
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