Please All and You Will Please None

Remember Aesop’s fable about the man, the boy and the donkey?

A man and his son were once going with their donkey to the 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 to 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 – you and your hulking son?”  The man and the 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 why 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 forefeet being tied together was drowned.  “That will teach you,” said an old man who had been following them; “Please all, and you will please none.”

So it is for all of us.  Follow your own best judgement and don’t worry what others think.  When you try to please everyone, you please no one especially yourself.

Earlynns Just Sayin

About Earlynn

Earlynn is a spunky mother, grandmother and yes, even a great grandmother. I have always been drawn to things spiritual from the time I was very young. Over the years I have read, studied and prayed that God would use me to bring comfort to troubled minds. That is my purpose more than anything else, but along the way I have also lived a very happy life. I love my family....5 children, 5 inlaws, 18 grandkids and four great grandkids. I am a master cake decorator, I love gardening, I am passionate about health and nutrition. I love parties and gatherings of family and friends. I love cooking and at least twice each year I host dinner for 50. I love writing, teaching and public speaking. I love my sweetheart. We met when we were only 10 years old and will soon celebrate our 50th anniversary. Everything I do is centered on my spiritual beliefs and I know love is the answer to all of life's problems. Join me on my web site as we explore many ideas, laugh a little and love a lot.
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