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The Man, The Boy, and The Donkey

A famous story often told to tell people that you have to do what you think is right, not what others want from you. Here is the story:

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A Man and his son were once going with their Donkey to 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 at 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 with you and your hulking son?”

The Man and 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 who 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 fore-feet being tied together he was drowned.

“That will teach you,” said an old man who had followed them:

“Please all, and you will please none.”

The story was quoted from AesopFables.

Though it might seem easy, some people find it hard to be a good social person while still holding their principle or saying out loud what they really want. The ideal thing is to keep things balanced, but the real situations show that a lot of people can’t. For those who always think of others’ judgment or opinion, try to think about it; you can’t please everybody, they don’t know all things about you, and you can’t decide what they think. It is a waste of time to worry too much about what other people think .

Whose expectations are you living up to? Who are you trying to please? What would you do if you had a blank slate, a fresh start, and unconditional encouragement from your loved ones? – from aliventures


2 comments on “The Man, The Boy, and The Donkey

  1. veehcirra
    April 5, 2012

    The story is so hilarious yet it has so much truth. Pleasing everyone is just impossible. It’s sad when someone does not know what they want and look up for other to tell them what to do. or what is right.

    • tida
      April 8, 2012

      yeah it is sad,,. but I believe they actually want to be their own leader; but it takes time to learn to lead.

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