"Peter and the Magic Thread"
Peter was a very lively little boy. Everyone loved him: his family, his teachers and his friends. But he did have one weakness: Peter could never live in the moment! When he was in school, he dreamed of being outside playing. When he was outside playing he dreamed of his summer vacation. Peter constantly daydreamed, never taking the time to savor the special moments that filled his days.
One morning, Peter was out walking in a forest. Feeling tired, he decided to rest. After only a few minutes of deep sleep, he heard someone calling his name. 'Peter! Peter!' ... As he slowly opened his eyes, he was startled to see a striking woman standing above him. She must have been over a hundred years. In this woman’s wrinkled hand was a magical little ball with a golden thread, she said 'This is the thread of your life. If you pull the thread just a bit, an hour will pass in seconds. If you pull a little harder, whole days will pass in minutes. And if you pull with all your might, months -even years- will pass by in days'. The next day, Peter was sitting in the classroom feeling restless and bored then suddenly remembered his new toy. As he pulled a little bit of the golden thread, he quickly found himself at home. Peter soon grew tired of being a schoolboy and longed to be a teenager then to be an adult so again he pulled on the thread and many years whizzed by in an instant. He had never learned to 'live in the now' ... Peter now found that he was a ninety-year-old man and his beautiful young wife had also grown old and had passed away a few years earlier and his wonderful children had grown up and left home to lead lives of their own. For the first time in his entire life, Peter realized that he had not taken the time to embrace the wonders of living. He had never gone fishing with his kids or taken a moonlight stroll with his wife. He had never planted a garden or read those wonderful books his mother had loved to read. Instead, he had hurried through life; never resting to see all that was good along the way.
Peter became very sad at this discovery. He decided to go out to the forest where he used to walk as a boy. After only a minute, he heard someone calling out to him. 'Peter! Peter!' cried the voice. 'How have you enjoyed my special gift?' she asked. He was direct in his reply. 'At first it was fun but now I hate it. The old woman said 'Still, I will give you one last wish.' Peter answered hastily 'I'd like to go back to being a schoolboy and live my life over again.' Again he heard someone calling his name and opened his eyes .... he was absolutely delighted to see his mother standing over his bedside.
Peter went on to live a full life, one rich with many delights, joys and triumphs.