My wife has a cousin out in Louisville, KY (land of great Bourbon) who is always sending thought provoking material. Back in February of this year one such piece of Email held the below Old Man, Boy and Donkey story.
What a great time thought I, to share this on the eve of the new year. Who will we listen to, follow or be guided by in 2017? Or, as Polonius said in Hamlet, ” be true to thy own self.”
Will we be true to our own self as we cross our bridges throughout the year?
AN OLD MAN, A BOY AND A DONKEY WERE GOING TO TOWN. THE BOY RODE ON THE DONKEY, AND THE OLD MAN WALKED. AS THEY WENT ALONG THEY PASSED SOME PEOPLE WHO REMARKED “WHAT A SHAME, THE OLD MAN IS WALKING, THE BOY IS RIDING.”
THE MAN AND BOY THOUGHT MAYBE THE CRITICS WERE RIGHT, SO THEY CHANGED POSITIONS.
LATER THEY PASSED SOME PEOPLE WHO REMARKED “WHAT A SHAME, HE MAKES THAT LITTLE BOY WALK”. SO THEY DECIDED THEY’D BOTH WALK.
SOON THEY PASSED SOME MORE PEOPLE WHO REMARKED “THEY’RE REALLY STUPID TO WALK WHEN THEY HAVE A DECENT DONKEY TO RIDE.” SO THEY BOTH DECIDED TO RIDE THE DONKEY.
THEY PASSED SOME PEOPLE WHO SHAMED THEM BY SAYING “HOW AWFUL TO PUT SUCH A LOAD ON A POOR DONKEY.” THE BOY AND THE MAN FIGURED THEY WERE PROBABLY RIGHT, SO THEY DECIDE TO CARRY THE DONKEY.
AS THEY CROSSED THE BRIDGE, THEY LOST THEIR GRIP ON THE DONKEY, THE DONKEY FELL INTO THE RIVER AND DROWNED.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: IF YOU TRY TO PLEASE EVERYONE, YOU MIGHT AS WELL KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE.
HAVE A NICE DAY!
As you pour that first cup of Coffee on New Years day, know “The Rooster” is wishing all of you the very best in 2017.
(It is with special note that on this day my beloved signal carrier, Verizon, is sending a signal strong enough to post this dispatch from home. I am truly Blessed on this final day of 2016.) Ah- the joy of country living!
Nice work, especially the literary and biblical pairing. Happy New Year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FIDDLERS’ !!!
And to you the same.
I love this story! What a way to end the year. I’m glad you had good signal to post! My hot spot failed me the other night and I had to drive to macdonald’s in Arkansas for WiFi.
He does renew our strength, does He not!! Wishing you and Herself the best in 2017!
And to you and yours, the same. Spent part of yesterday at daughter #2’s to upgrade a few things. Eleven miles but it’s the condo on the river, a great venue for creating. Peace!
Guessing you’ll be watching the Sugar Bowl on the 2nd. Sooner Schooner over the War Eagles. Have my OKC family here, so blessed, even with the turmoil of 3 under 4. OK!
Wow. What a phenomenal connecting between scripture and life.
Happy new year rooster!
One of those moments when I’m not a total Ass. Thank you my friend and Happy New Year.