Good morning! So, this week I'll be hitting you (don't worry, it's only a metaphor, I'm not mean again- promise 😍) with some of my favourite stories, metaphors and fables to help keep you (or get you) happier. And to remind you of what your inner wisdom already knows!
And I'm kicking things off (sorry - another violent metaphor 😬👊) with a favourite of mine...it's an old Aesop's fable that some of you might recognise and although it's ancient, it's super relevant today!!
The point of it being- if you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one (you included!) And I think you can also apply this to our attempts we often today to 'have it all' so in other words 'when you try to do/have it all, you end up feeling crappy!!'
Anyway- here it is! Hope you find it helpful! And whether you chose to walk alongside your donkey, on its back or carry it-DO IT FOR YOU, and MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR DECISION 💋.
"A man and his son were once going with their donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?”
So the man put the boy on the Donkey and they went on their way. But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”
So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other: “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”
Well, the Man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up before him on the Donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passers-by began to jeer and point at them. The Man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours and your hulking son?”
The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the Donkey fell over the bridge, and his fore-feet being tied together he was drowned.
“That will teach you,” said an old man who had followed them:
“Please all, and you will please none.”
Have a great day all! And if you have any lightbulb 💡 moments when you read this please, please share- I live for those moments ❤.