In a gale, a tree fell but reeds did not. It was observed that reeds can bend in the wind but trees can’t. Obscurity often brings safety.
A River complained about its course but an Oak pointed out that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The River thought better after. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
In a storm the Willow bent and survived but the Oak could not and was felled. Despite this, the Oak thought he won with an honorable death. Meet death in an honorable way.
A Shepherd put his cloak on the ground and shook acorns on it for his sheep. The sheep ate the acorns and tore the cloak. Shepherd was not happy. An appetite blinds men to their surrounds.
While living in the same tree, a cat decided to fool the eagle above and sow below. The cat told each the other would attack. Paralyzed with fear they died. Don’t let fear paralyze you.
The trees willingly give a woodsman a shaft for his axe. Ooops, too bad. Nothing bothers a man more than to see he has aided his own undoing.
An Oak tree was cut down and split using wedges made from its own wood. The Oak lamented the fact that its own material was used against it. Misfortunes springing from ourselves are the hardest to bear.
The Oaks complained to Jupiter about being cut so often. Jupiter told them they make excellent structures; if they did not then they would be cut less. Men make their own fate.