Here is a short story from my book, “The Pollyanna Effect”.
Long, long ago an emperor was to find someone to take over his throne. He had all the young people gather around and he gave them each a seed. He told them all to go home and grow the seed, then come back in one year. He would then judge the plants and choose the next king.
Everyone was talking about how big their plant had grown, except one person named Ling. Ling had watered his seed and cared for it every day, still nothing. A year had passed and everyone was taking their big beautiful plants to the emperor. Ling told his mom, I am ashamed, my seed did not grow. His mom said to him, take your pot with the seed to the emperor anyway, be honest. Ling was humiliated and all the others were laughing at him.
The emperor looked at all the big beautiful plants and was amazed. He then saw Ling hiding in the background, the Emperor motioned for Ling to come up to the thrown. The Emperor then made the announcement that Ling would be the next king, everyone was in shock. The Emperor then said, I gave you all boiled seeds to plant, knowing they would not grow, Ling was the only one who was honest enough to tell the truth.