I am very inspired with the “Story of the Scorpion.” It is a very short story but so meaningful. The story gives wisdom to help you focus on your goal and priority. The story will motivate you against discouragement and understand that there is always a better ways. The other version of this story is "The scorpion and the turtle" which I heard from Eddy Chai. It helps me to understand that living things has a different kind of nature and you must know them so that you can interact with them according to their nature.
The Scorpion and the Man.
An old man saw a scorpion drowning and decided to pull it out from the water. He calmly extended his hand to reach the creature. When he did, the scorpion stung him. With the effect of the pain, the old man let go the creature and it fell back into the water. The man realizing that the scorpion was drowning again, got back and tried to rescue it but then again it stung him. He let go of it again.
A young boy standing by, approached the old man and said, "Excuse me Sir, you are going to hurt yourself trying to save the evil-vicious creature, why do you insist? Don't you realize that each time you try to help the scorpion, it stings you?"
The man replied, "The nature of the scorpion is to sting and mine is to help. My nature will not change in helping the scorpion."
So the man thought for a while and used a leaf from a nearby tree and pulled the scorpion out from the water and saved it's life.
What did you learn
Do not change your nature. If someone hurts you, just take precautions. Some pursue happiness while others create it. Let your conscience be your guide in whatever you do.