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Life’s Lessons : Once Upon A time An Animal

Life turns its turn in its own way, we learn from our own mistakes in the past and think we will not repeat the same in the future but far from achieving the goal, we do repeat the mistakes, in this case, we are better than an Animal who rarely does the same mistakes.

I love animal parables. That’s because animals are smarter than most of the people I know. I always recall a sign on the table at an airline executive’s office.

It read: “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle… When the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

Like the scorpion who asked the frog to take him across the river and the frog said, “No way, if I did that, you’ll sting me and I’d die.”

“Hey,” said the scorpion, “If I did that, I’d die too, no way I’d hurt you.”

The frog convinced, said, “Well, now that you put it that way, fine, here, hop on board.” And halfway through the river, the scorpion stung the frog. As they were both drowning, the frog asked painfully, “Why would you do that?” The scorpion replied, “Because it is in my nature.”

One of the frog stories I like is about the one on the lily pad when the pretty lady comes for a walk and the frog croaks, “Oh help me, please, I am actually a prince under the spell of a witch and if you kiss me, I’ll turn back to my normal self and marry you and take you to yonder castle where you can cook and clean and wash my clothes.”

The lady laughs picks up the frog and says, “No way, old son” — and that night sups on frog’s legs. Way to go… Don’t always expect sympathy.

But speaking of frogs here is one that never gets the right answer. See if it works for you.

Question: There were once three frogs on a log and one of them made a decision to jump in. How many were left?

Answer: There are still three frogs on a log. He only made a decision, he took no action!

Remember the lizard that would not attend the household pests conference because he was too busy holding up the roof? I know people like that. They think without them life would collapse, they truly believe they are indispensable. You can want to be needed but wake up to reality, stop being a lizard.

Here is a thought-provoking one, a simple line but so true of even us folks who work together. The hard-working bullock that shows initiative knows he will go to the plough and risk being whipped. The lazy one sits in the sun and gets away with it. You know the ones in your office.

I read this one the other day: One day a peacock met a crane and said, “So sorry for you. You have such dull feathers. Look at the fine colors of my feathers.”

“Well!” replied the crane, “Yours look brighter than mine. But I can fly high up into the sky. All you can do is strut about on the ground.”

Another one about the birds is something a few people I know could take a lesson from.

A bird was enjoying his perch in the nest. So much so he started acting like a fool and fell out of the nest into a pile of dung. Without trying to get himself out, he cried, cried, cried for his mother — whereupon a cat heard his cries. The cat snatched up the bird and summarily ate him.

Get the point. If you’re in a good place, don’t act like a fool. You might find yourself in a pile of dung. And if you do, don’t make a big fuss or it just might get worse.

Remember the lion who went about the forest asking various animals who was the king? And the monkey said, “You, sire” and the zebra said it too. One by one, all of them bowed and scraped and the lion felt good… until he came to the elephant and asked, “Who is the king of the jungle?” The elephant picked up the lion in his trunk and beat him to the pulp.

The thrashed lion replied peevishly, “Gee, you don’t have to get so touchy if you don’t know the answer.”

Moral: Don’t take yourself or 
your designation too seriously, nothing is forever.

Based On:  Vikram Vohra”s Article on Khaleej Times.