The Parable of the Web

April 8th, 2008   •   3 comments   

Taken at Singapore Zoological Gardens

King Robert the Bruce I was born at Lochmaben Castle in 1274. He was Knight and Overlord of Annandale. In 1306 he was crowned King of Scotland and henceforth tried to free Scotland from the English enemy.

After being defeated at a battle, Bruce escaped and found a hideout in a cave. Hiding in a cave for three months, Bruce was at the lowest point of his life. He thought about leaving the country and never coming back.

While waiting, he watched a spider building a web in the cave’s entrance. The spider fell down time after time, but finally he succeeded with his web. So Bruce decided also to retry his fight and told his men:

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again”.

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  1. Ed
    posted on Apr 08, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    I hope my falls wouldn’t kill me before I even get my next try. Haha!

  2. posted on Apr 15, 2008 at 2:48 AM

    Dearest Friend,
    Get yourself listed on!

    I have to tell my other friends, will come back to comment on your post. Sorry, I hope you don’t think I’m spamming. hehe…..

    Good thing must share.

  3. Lam Chun See
    posted on Apr 16, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Hey I used to read this story to my kids in one of those elementary Chinese books. Didn’t know the history until now. In our version, some soldiers came to the cave in search of the general. When they saw the web, they said, probably nobody’s inside becos of the web. And so they went away without searching the cave.

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