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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!