One day a girl went up to a store and asked for three lemons.
"Why would you like lemons?" The clerk asked.
"I'm going to make lemonade!" The girl stated happily.
"Then why don't you just buy lemonade? It will save you more time." The clerk told the little girl. She agreed and left to find a lemonade stand. Thus, a corner of the paper of life was cut.
The next day, the little girl went up to the same clerk and asked for three bags of grapes.
"Why do you want grapes?" The clerk questioned.
"I'm going to make grape jelly." She answered. The clerk raised his eyebrows.
"Why don't you just buy grape jelly? Time is valuable." The girl agreed and went to buy the jelly. Once again, another corner was cut.
The day after, the girl went up to the stall.
"I would like three cookies, please." She stated without a smile. Then she looked up to see a different clerk at the stall.
"Why would you like cookies? Wouldn't you rather make them?"
The girl, quite taken aback, stuttered out, "Time is valuable. I don't want to waste it!" The clerk shook her head and sighed.
"Listen, little girl. Time is indeed very valuable, but the actions you do with the time are priceless. Keep cutting the corners of the paper, your fingers are going to get cut." The little girl, enlightened with this thought, began to smile.
"You're right. I would like three lemons, three bags of grapes, and some flour please!"
"I'm going to tape back up the edges of the paper I cut." And off went the girl, the smile returned to her mouth, and the light back in her eyes.