Take care of yourself. Lots of people love you. They want you to live a long and healthy life. Exercise a bit more, choose what you eat and drink with greater care, and slow down and enjoy the good things and people around you. We want you here for a long time.
Joe: “I read the bottom line during my eye exam: Z W I X O S T A C Z.”
Pete: “That must have been hard.”
Joe: “I was easy. I work with a Polish guy with the same name.”
Do You Know the Answers?
Today’s Thinking Out Loud reflection is on Aesop’s Fable, The Cat and the Mice. Aesop’s Fables is available for free download here.
“There was once a house that was overrun with Mice. A Cat heard
of this, and said to herself, “That’s the place for me,” and off
she went and took up her quarters in the house, and caught the Mice
one by one and ate them. At last the Mice could stand it no longer,
and they determined to take to their holes and stay there. “That’s
awkward,” said the Cat to herself: “the only thing to do is to coax
them out by a trick.” So she considered a while, and then climbed
up the wall and let herself hang down by her hind legs from a peg,
and pretended to be dead. By and by a Mouse peeped out and saw the
Cat hanging there. “Aha!” it cried, “you’re very clever, madam, no
doubt: but you may turn yourself into a bag of meal hanging there,
if you like, yet you won’t catch us coming anywhere near you.”
Note: There are lots of slicks folks who want to take advantage of us. We get warned about scams coming through on emails or text messages. They may be a politician or someone we work with. We may not recognize it in the moment when someone is taking advantage of us. But we can learn from the experience and not be taken advantage of again. Experience can be a tough teacher. Anytime we refuse to be taken advantage of, we become stronger and wiser. We don’t have to be a victim. We are empowered people if we choose to be.
Joe: “My boss came by my cubicle and saw me staring out the window. He asked me what I was doing?”
Pete: “What did you say?
Joe: “I told him I was lost in thought and it was unfamiliar territory.”
And a youth said, Speak to us of Friendship.
And he answered, saying:
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery us not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.