Thinking Out Loud ~ Learn from Experience

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.

The Fable

“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.

Thinking Out Loud ~ Take Time to Reflect on What is Important

Today’s Thinking Out Loud reflection is on Aesop’s Fable, The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs.

The Fable

A Man and his Wife had the good fortune to possess a Goose which laid a Golden Egg every day. Lucky though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich fast enough, and, imagining the bird must be made of gold inside, they decided to kill it in order to secure the whole store of precious metal at once. But when they cut it open they found it was just like any other goose. Thus, they neither got rich all at once, as they had hoped, nor enjoyed any longer the daily addition to their wealth.

Note: It’s easy to get caught in the trap of wanting more and not being satisfied with what we have. It’s all around us; it may be happening to us and we don’t even know it. We may be sacrificing our relationships it to get more and give up the time we once enjoyed with the people we love. We may acquire what we are chasing and lose everything we have. Take time to reflect on what is important. It will make all the difference in your life.

Thinking Out Loud ~ Listen to Your Intuition

Today’s Thinking Out Loud reflection on Richard Bach’s, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Jonathon Livingston Seagull has an intuitive insight and follows it.

The moon and the lights twinkling in the water throwing a little beacon trails through the night, and all so peaceful and still. . . .

Get down! Seagulls never fly in the dark! If you were meant to fly in the dark you’d have the eyes of an owl! You’d have charts for brains! You’d have a falcon’s short wings!

 There in the night, a hundred feet in the air, Jonathan Livingston seagull blinked. His pain, his resolutions, vanished.

 Short wings. A Falcon’s short wings. That’s the answer. What a fool I’ve been. All I need is tiny little wings. All I need is to fold most of my wings and fly just on the tips alone! Short wings!

Note: Listen to your intuition. It’s working for you 24/7. Your intuition sees what your mind refuses to see. Your intuition is not filtered by biases and other people’s opinions. Your intuition knows how your heart thinks and it is connected in a very deep way to your destiny. Silence helps us to hear what our intuition is telling us. It may come when you are walking, riding, or taking a shower. Our intuition has a habit of showing up when we least expect it. But when it does listen.

Thinking Out Loud ~ It’s Time to Sing and Dance

Saint-Exupéry in writes in The Little Prince, “So I had, in my lifetime, a lot of contacts with a lot of serious people. I’ve lived a lot at the house of grown-ups. I saw them very closely. It has not improved my opinion very much.

NOTE: Oh, the serious people that surround us. They walk around as if the world depended entirely on them. They glue themselves to the news. They fret over things they have no control over. And, they try to recruit others to their fear ladened parade. As for me, I’ll let their parade pass on by. I’d rather sing and dance and enjoy the adventure of living. I’ll keep my eyes open for the rainbow down the road and keep on believing that it will be a good day.

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