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Polaris AB: The Fable Collection of Short Stories
A man who had spent some time visiting foreign lands returned home to the city of his birth.
Before he entered the city gates, he walked up to an Olive tree and started pulling leafy twigs off its branches. He weaved them into an olive wreath and placed it upon his head.
He walked into the city displaying a proud swagger waving and nodding towards all those around him. He spoke to all who would listen to him about his amazing adventures and great deeds he had done while he was away. He particularly enjoyed telling the story of how he had been chosen to take part in the mighty Olympian games against the best athletes of other countries, and had received applause and was bestowed great honours including the Olive Wreath he wore upon his head.
Each time he told his story, he added further achievements about how he had jumped higher, leaped further and thrown discs and javelin far more distance than anyone else. He stated that a large number of people has seen all he had done and that he was well known amongst them.
"If you knew a great athlete, any one of them could give testimonial as to who I am and what I have done" - he boasted.
"No need for us to know great men" - said one of the listeners - "we don't have to go there to find out if what you say is true. You can still run, you can still jump, you can still throw, right here and now, so go ahead, demonstrate your greatness".
The demonstration of achievement is laid upon a bedrock of Truth built from dedication, perseverance and results. Claims that have been built upon sand, will soon crumble and fall away when held accountable for what soon proves false.
And the Moral of the story is:
Deeds count, not false words.