Future Focused Coaching

Shenita Sanders, CPPC

The Old Man, the Boy, and the Donkey


An old man, a boy, and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked beside him. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The man and the boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.

Later, they passed some people who remarked, “What a shame! He makes that little boy walk.” They then decided they would both walk. Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So they both rode the donkey.

Now they passed some people who shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey. The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal, and he fell into the river and drowned.

The moral to the story? If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your ass goodbye.                         Author Unknown

How many people do you try to please?
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One comment on “The Old Man, the Boy, and the Donkey

  1. happydancecat
    July 4, 2011

    Love the fable, so very true! I just wrote a post on this exact topic!

    Like

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