One day little Ganesha found a cat in the woods. He grabbed her tail, and then he let the cat go and chased her. The poor cat ran straight into a mud puddle.
Ganesha laughed at the cat covered with mud. He then went home to tell his mother Parvati what had happened, but when he got there, he saw she too was covered with mud!
"Who did this?" asked Ganesha.
"You did," Parvati explained. "I am all life, and all life is me."
Ganesha bowed his head. "I will treat all life with respect from now on," he vowed.
Inspired by: Stories of Lord Ganesha.
Notes: You can read more about the goddess Parvati, Ganesha's mother, at Wikipedia. There is a similar story about Ganesha's brother, Kartikeya, who scratches a cat and then sees the scratch on his mother Parvati's face; I found that version in Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna, story 29.