In the late Eastern Han Dynasty, the country was in confusion.
In order to reunite the country, Liu Bei paid a visit to Zhu Geliang who had hidden himself in the countryside.
He went there twice but didn't see Zhu Geliang. Then the third time he finally met him.
Liu Bei explained why he came and explained his noble ambition to Zhu Geliang.Zhu Geliang also proposed some very good strategies.
After listening, Liu Bei was so happy, he appointed Zhu Geliang as his military advisor.He said: "Zhu Geliang to me is as water is to fish."
With the assistance of Zhu Geliang, Liu Bei's power expanded rapidly, and finally he realized his goal.
Nowadays, this phrase is often used to describe the person who stays in the environment which suits him/her perfectly, or someone who is very adept at using the suitable or right methods.
Chunyu Kun (淳于髡) lived in the state of Qi (齐国) during the Warring States Period (战国,475-221 BC).He was wise, humorous and eloquent. He skillfully advised the king on many occasions and successfully went to many states as an envoy.
In the year 349 BC, the State of Chu (楚国) dispatched a large force to attack Qi.
The king of Qi sent Chunyu Kun to the state of Zhao (赵国) to ask for help, with a lot of valuable gifts.
The king of Zhao accpeted the gifts gladly and sent a hundred thousand troops to help Qi.
The king of Chu withdrew his army that very night as soon as he got the news.
The king of Qi was released and pleased with Chunyu Kun. He set a banquet for celebration.
During the meal, the king asked Chunyu Kun, "How much wine can you drink before you're drunk, Sir?"
Knowing the king had a bad habit of drinking all night, Chunyu Kun decided to take this chance to admonish the king. So he replied, "I get drunk when I drink ten litres or hundred."
Puzzled, the king asked, "Since you are drunk after ten litres, how can you finish another ninty litres?"
Chunyu Kun then explained that he could drink different amounts of wine under differentconditions. He said, "This occurs to me that when you drink to your limit, you get so drunk that you lose your sense; once joy reaches its height, then it's sorrow's turn. This is the rule for everything. Whatever you do, you are bound to end up in the opposite direction when youexceed the limits."
Realizing Chunyu Kun was advising him, the king answered, "You are right. I will take your advice."
From then on, the king of Qi gave up his bad habit of drinking and playing all night.
There once was an impatient farmer who lived during the Song Dynasty.(sòng cháo,960-1279 AD).
Everyday the anxious farmer would measure the growth of the crops.
To his dismay, his crops were growing much slower than he expected.
The farmer racked his brains trying to find better ways of planting in order to get quickerresults.
One day he finally came up with a solution.
He started to physically pull the crops out of the ground, thus making them taller.
The farmer worked very hard and at day’s end was physically exhausted but mentally happy as his plan had produced the desired results.
When the farmer went home, he told his son of his “brilliant” method.
His son went to the field only to discover that all of his crops were all dead.