In a small village, there lived a young milkmaid named Patty. Every day, Patty would milk the cows and carry the pail of fresh milk to the market to sell. As she walked, she often daydreamed about the future.
One day, while on her way to the market, Patty began to imagine what she would do with the money she earned from selling the milk. "I'll buy a dozen eggs from the market," she thought, "and when they hatch, I'll have a dozen chicks. I'll raise them, and soon I'll have a flock of chickens."
Her daydream continued, "With all those chickens, I'll have plenty of eggs. I'll sell the eggs at a good price and buy a piglet. The piglet will grow into a big, fat pig that I can sell for even more money."
Patty couldn't stop her chain of thoughts, "With the money from selling the pig, I'll buy a calf. The calf will grow into a strong cow, and I'll have a whole herd of cows. The milk they produce will make me rich, and I'll be able to buy a big house, and everyone will admire me for my wealth!"
Lost in her dreams of future prosperity, Patty didn't notice the stone in her path. She stumbled, and the pail of milk she was carrying crashed to the ground. The fresh milk spilled, and Patty's dreams came crashing down with it.
The moral of the story is that it's important to focus on the present and not count your chickens before they hatch. Daydreaming about the future is fine, but it's equally important to be mindful of your current responsibilities and tasks. Patty's experience teaches us the value of being grounded and not letting our imagination distract us from the practical aspects of life.