Thinking Out Loud ~ Beware the Criticism and Flattery

Today’s Thinking Out Loud reflection is on Aesop’s Fable, The Fox and the Crow. Aesop’s Fables is available for free download here.

The Fable

“A Crow was sitting on a branch of a tree with a piece of cheese

in her beak when a Fox observed her and set his wits to work to

discover some way of getting the cheese. Coming and standing under

the tree he looked up and said, “What a noble bird I see above me!

Her beauty is without equal, the hue of her plumage exquisite. If

only her voice is as sweet as her looks are fair, she ought without

doubt to be Queen of the Birds.” The Crow was hugely flattered by

this, and just to show the Fox that she could sing she gave a loud

caw. Down came the cheese, of course, and the Fox, snatching it up,

said, “You have a voice, madam, I see: what you want is wits.”


Note: A mentor took me aside and gave me the following advice. My mentor said, “Ray, don’t pay too much attention to the criticism you’ll receive. There are some people who think their life’s mission is to bring others down. Similarly, don’t pay too much attention to those who flatter you. Yes, it feels good, but it’s about as accurate as the criticism. He was right and his words helped me to maintain my balance.

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