Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Being a Pleaser!

Most of my life I have been a pleaser and that has never worked out to my benefit, why you might ask? Well, that is because you really can't please everyone! So when I found this cute story about this subject, I knew I wanted to share it with you. Hope you enjoy it! Good night dear friends!

 

You Can’t Please Everyone

 

An old fable that has been passed down for generations tells about an elderly man who was traveling with a boy and a donkey. As they walked through a village, the man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. The townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding, so to please them he climbed up on the animal’s back. When they came to the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal’s back and continued on his way. In the third village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk, and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again. In the fourth village, the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road.

We smile, but this story makes a good point: We can’t please everybody, and if we try we end up carrying a heavy burden.

"If you're trying to please everyone, then you're not going to make anything that is honestly yours, I don't think, in the long run."  ~ Viggo Mortensen

 

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