Well I have! Here's the lesson(s) I have learnt from it...
The story illustrates some cons of being different but emphasis the magnitude of it's power.
It's okay to be rejected! It's okay to be misunderstood. It's okay to be unloved. Why?_You must be rejected to understand how you must love. Even Jesus was rejected, mocked, scorned bruised but in the process He taught us how to love. Being rejected helps you to love yourself because no one ever will, if you don't (except God). When you learn to appreciate yourself for who who are, you will learn to appreciate the things and others who are different from you. Self-acceptance will provoke you to help others to know that it's okay to be different. If you don't know how to accept yourself, you will not recognize your potential. So don't try to fit in. Stand out and be your own hero! Others will then learn to appreciate you for who you are.
The lion didn't recognize it's true potential until he was pushed to the edge. He didn't recognize how powerful and important he was until he searched deep within, bypassing the feelings of rejection, uselessness and incapabilities. Growing up, the lion was mocked, scorned and bullied for being different yet he did not run away from the sheep world. He stayed around and eventually become a hero for his bravery.
There will be situations in your life that will press you to make prompt and solid decisions. You can either choose to fight your challenges your walk away and let everything that you love and dreamed of slip away because you did not stand up to the test. Search deep within yourself and use your potential in areas in life where you will be most powerful and effective. Don't compare yourself with others and what they have. For we all have some unique potential that can and will change the world around us if we use it wisely. Be diligent with your potential. (Proverbs 22:29 )
The package you reject may be your next blessing. Don't cast away the package because of how it looks on the outside (small, unattractive). But if you do open it and you realize that this is not what you were expecting, or think you have no use for 'this'; think before you act! The time may come when that very thing or person you've rejected or turned away would be your key to next big blessing. It might save you from a whole lot of trouble, and that friend would probably still be there when you're down to nothing. "Don't cast it away, yet!"