A mouse was over the moon when it accidently fell into a jar half-filled with rice. It seemed to feel safe in the rice jar, so the mouse spent days just eating and sleeping.  Life had never been so lucky. Very quickly, the jar was emptied, and the mouse realised that it was too late to escape. The mouse felt helpless.

Our lives seem to be peaceful, but in fact, there are dangers everywhere. People hardly think of misfortunes when they enjoy their lives. Many people feel that they have always been in good health, but when they realise one day that they have cancer, it is too late.

Turning to the Buddha only when disasters happen is like making last-ditch efforts.

Inspirational Short Stories: The Mouse in a Rice Jar