The wise communicate in subtle ways

Once upon a time, a group of refugees came to a village
to stay. The village was already crowded and there was no
place for the refugees.

But the village headman could not outright refuse the
refugees and so using diplomacy, he sent them a glass of
milk filled to the brim, signifying that the village was already
packed to capacity.

The leader of the refugees understood this symbolic
meaning. He added sugar in the milk and sent the glass of
sweetened milk to the village headman, signifying that as
sugar mixed with the milk, did not occupy any extra place
and also sweetened the milk; similarly, they would mix with
the village community, will not occupy any extra place and
also sweeten the community of the village.

The village headman welcomed the wise refugees with
open arms.

Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani

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