Jumat, 16 Desember 2016

The Hidden Treasure


Once, there was an old man who had four sons. All four of them were very lazy.

One day, the old man fell sick and was counting his last days in bed. He worried a lot about his sons’ future as the young men hesitated a lot to work. The sons believed that luck would favour them.

The old man’s health deteriorated every day and he decided to talk to his sons about their future. However, his sons did not listen to him.

Finally, the old man decided to play a trick to let his sons realize the importance of work. He called all his sons and let them sit near him on his bed. He said that he had a treasure box with gold coins and expensive gems for them and wanted to share the treasure equally among the four of them.

The young men were very happy and asked where his father had placed the treasure. The old man replied, “I cannot exactly remember the place where I have hidden the treasure. However, the treasure box is buried in our land. I’m really not sure about the place where I have hidden the treasure box.”

Even though the lazy young sons were happy, they were sad that the old man had forgotten the place where the treasure was hidden. After a few days, the old man died. The sons decided to dig the land to find the treasure box.

They worked very hard and dug their land. They could not find any treasure box in the land. Finally, they decided to dig a spot in their land that was a bit different from the rest of the area. The sons believed that the treasure was buried in that spot. They dug the specific spot deeply, but got nothing but water.

A passerby who noticed the land and the water flowing from the spot talked to the sons about farming. Upon his advice, the four sons sowed vegetable seeds, and planted greens and flowering plants in their land. Since the land was very fertile with abundant water, within a few weeks, it became a fertile garden with nutritious vegetables and greens. The four sons sold the vegetables at a good price and earned a good amount of money.

Then they realized that it was hard work that was referred to as ‘Treasure Box’ by their father. Gradually, the four sons overcame their laziness, worked hard, earned more money and lived happily.

Indonesian:
Suatu ketika, ada seorang laki-laki tua mempunyai 4 anak laki-laki. Keempatnya sangat malas.

Suatu hari, pria tua itu sakit dan sekarat. Dia sangat kuatir tentang masa depan anak-anaknya karena mereka tidak mau bekerja. Anak-anaknya percaya bahwa keberuntungan akan menghampiri mereka.

Kesehatan ayah tua itu terus menurun setiap hari dan ia memutuskan untuk berbicara pada putera-puteranya mengenai masa depan mereka. Namun demikian, anak-anaknya tidak mau mendengarkannya.

Akhirnya, pria tua itu memutuskan untuk mengakali anak-anaknya agar mereka menyadari pentingnya bekerja. Dia memanggil anak-anaknya dan menyuruhnya duduk di sekitar tempat tidurnya. Dia berkata bahwa ia mempunyai kotak harta yang berisi koin emas dan permata yang mahal untuk mereka dan sekarang ingin membaginya untuk mereka.

Anak-anaknya senang dan bertanya dimana ayahnya meletakkan hartanya. Pria tua itu menjawab, “Aku tidak ingat tempatnya. Tetapi yang jelas terkubur di tanah kita. Aku tidak yakin posisinya.”

Meskipun anak-anaknya malas, mereka sangat senang, mereka menyanyangkan ayahnya tidak ingat posisi tempatnya. Setelah beberapa hari, pria itu wafat. Anak-anaknya memutuskan menggali tanah untuk menemukan kotak harta.

Mereka bekerja sangat keras dan  menggali tanah mereka. Mereka tidak menemukan kotak harta. Akhirnya mereke memutuskan menggali di tempat yang berbeda, pada sisi lain tanah mereka. Mereka percaya bahwa harta terkubur di tempat itu. Bukannya mendapat harga, mereka malah mendapat sumber air.

Seseorang yang kebetulan lewat melihat tanah itu dan air yang memancari dari dalamnya, lantas ia mengobrol pada anak-anak pria tua itu tentang pertanian. Atas nasehatnya, ke-4 anak itu menanam biji sayur-sayuran, dan tanaman berbunga di tanah itu. Sejak tanah itu subur dengan persediaan air melimpah, dalam beberapa minggu, tanah itu menjadi kebun yang subur dengan tanam-tanaman yang bergizi tinggi. Keempat putera pria tua itu menjual sayur mayurnya dan mendapatkan harga yang tinggi sehingga mereka mendapatkan banyak uang.

Mereka menyadari apa kerja keras itu, dan itulah yang dimaksud ayahnya  mengenai 'kotak harta' itu. Pelan-pelan, keempatnya tidak malas lagi, bekerja keras, mendapatkan banyak uang dan hidup berbahagia.

The Hidden Treasure Rating: 4.5 Diposkan Oleh: Yohanes Octa

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