This proverb reiterates the fact that we can learn a lot of useful lessons from our own experiences.
The wise advices us on a number of things. We also come to know about other people's experiences through magazines and television.
We seldom take these advices seriously. But it is only when we face difficult situations in life, we realize the truth and the wisdom behind the words of the learned and the elderly.
Experience is the best teacher - A proverb story
Once there was a farmer who had four sons. They were very lazy. They were not interested in doing any work and only wanted to enjoy life. The farmer tried his best to advice them but they paid no heed.
So he decided to teach them a lesson. One day he called them and informed them that a huge amount of treasure was hidden in their farmland and that he wanted them to find out where it was.
All the four sons were too excited to wait and started digging the farmland straight away. By the end of the week they had dug up the entire field but did not find any treasure.
They were angry and tired. The farmer consoled his sons and gently told them, “Since the field is so well dug why don’t you sow some corn in it?" The lazy sons agreed to this and did as they were told.
A few weeks later it rained heavily and soon the farmland was filled with fully grown corn. The farmer called his sons and told them that they will find the treasure once they harvested the corn and sold it in the market.
The sons sold the corn and came back with a bag full of money. They asked their father where they could find the treasure.
The farmer pointed out to the money and told them. “This is the treasure that I was talking to you about. It was all along there in the soil. It just needed a bit of your hard work to bring it out. If you continue with your efforts this treasure will
be forever yours."
The sons then realized their folly and understood the truth. Their own experience was their best teacher. They have learned from their experiences.
Thereafter they continuously worked on their lands and harvested a great deal of grains and sold them in the market to make big money year after year.