One day, a fisherman was fishing by the shore. He cast his net into the water and waited patiently. After a while, he felt a tug and pulled the net out. He was disappointed to see that he had caught only a tiny fish.
“Please, sir, let me go,” the little fish begged. “I am too small to make a good meal for you. If you spare me now, I will grow bigger and fatter. Then you can catch me again and have a feast.”
The fisherman looked at the little fish and shook his head. “You are a foolish fish,” he said. “You think I will let you go, hoping that you will come back to me in the future. But who knows if I will ever see you again? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I will not give up a sure thing for an uncertain one.”
And with that, he put the little fish in his basket and went home.
Moral: Do not be greedy and wish for more than you have.