Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom, there lived two traders with a love for the same thing: Swissing. Swissing is a centuries-old craft practiced by Swiss artisans, in which thin sheets of wood are carved and inlaid with intricate designs.
The two traders, named Isiah and Pascal, had grown to become good friends over the years, conversing often about their favorite craft, and often competing to see who could come up with the most intricate designs.
One day, Pascal received an invitation from a distant relative to travel to Switzerland and witness the wonders of the craft firsthand. Immediately, he rushed to Isiah and shared his invitation with him, and they both decided that they would journey together and fulfill their dream of seeing the artisans at work.
The two traders packed up their things, said their goodbyes, and set out on their journey. After many days of travelling, they finally arrived in Switzerland.
Isiah and Pascal were both amazed at the skill of the artisans. They watched them as they carved thin sheets of wood with intricate designs, each one more beautiful than the last. They were so mesmerized by the craftsmanship that they decided to learn as much as they could and perfect the craft.
For weeks, Isiah and Pascal worked in the workshops, learning from the artisans and perfecting their own designs. Soon, Isiah and Pascal became skilled craftsmen, and they both returned home with a newfound knowledge, ready to show off their newfound skills to their family and friends.
However, upon returning home, the two traders realized that they had been too caught up in their competition to realize the true beauty of the craft. They had become too focused on beating each other, that they had neglected to appreciate and admire the talent of the artisans they had learned from.
Moral of the story: We should not be so caught up in competition that we lose sight of the beauty of the things we are trying to achieve. Appreciate the talents of those around you and enjoy the process of learning something new, not just the end result of it.