Animals Are Cool
Long ago in a small, far away village, there
was place known as the House of Ten Thousand
Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned
of this place and decided to visit.
When he arrived, he bounced happily
stairs to the doorway of the house.
through the doorway with his ears lifted
high and his tail wagging as fast as
To his great surprise, he found himself
at 1000 other happy little dogs with
tails wagging just as fast as his.
a great smile, and was answered with
great smiles just as warm and friendly.
he left the House, he thought to himself,
"This is a wonderful place. I
back and visit it often."
In this same village, another little
who was not quite as happy as the first
decided to visit the house. He slowly
the stairs and hung his head low as
into the door. When he saw the 1000
looking dogs staring back at him, he
at them and was horrified to
see 1000 little dogs growling back
As he left, he thought to himself,
is a horrible place, and I will never
back there again."
All the faces in the world are mirrors.
kind of reflections do you see in the
of the people you meet?
A similar story comes from India. There
two mountains and there were ants living
of each of them. One mountain was made
salt, the other of sugar. One day an
from the sugar mountain visited the
mountain. Tasting the salt he did not
it to his liking and said to an ant
"Come over to my mountain and
something good." So the ant went.
since she was not sure about the food
there she took along some reserve,
a particle of salt in her mouth.
When she tasted the sugar she said:
don't find very much difference between
stuff and mine." The other ant
"Perhaps you are holding something
your own within. Get rid of that and
sure you will see for yourself that
of my food is good." When she
the salt-fed ant never went back to
What is within determines what is outside.
At the same time we have to be constantly
vigilant not to let the outside determine
the inside. This is why the story of
three frogs is so enlightening.
Three young frogs were out one day
their environment. They came to the
and bold as brass entered to investigate.
There was a bucket and eager to know
about it, two of them jumped right
The third being ever so slightly more
only jumped onto the top rim of the
down at his two comrades struggling
to jump out of a white substance. Neither
he nor they knew it was milk!
After some failed attempts, he shouted
to them, "You'll never make it.
facts and prepare to die!" But
self-preservation is the first rule
they continued to struggle for as long
possible. The frog on top continued
down, "You'll never make it. Give
and die peacefully".
Unfortunately one of the two struggling
could not continue and disappeared
the surface never to be seen again.
remaining continued despite the discouragement
of his comrade on top of the bucket.
a short while his feet had a soft yellow
substance to stand on. He had made
out of the cream on top of the milk.
had he enough for a foothold than he
himself and jumped clean out of the
When rejoined by his comrade he thanked
profusely for all the encouragement
down to him. He would never have made
without his help. The frog who survived
Being deaf to negative disparagement
gift we all need to acquire. Life is
Learn it. Read this one!
Once upon a time there was a non conforming
sparrow who decided not to fly south for
the winter. However, the weather soon turned
so cold that he reluctantly started to fly
south. In a short time ice began to form
on his wings and he fell to the earth in
a barnyard, almost frozen. A cow passed by
and crapped on the little sparrow. The sparrow
thought it was the end !!!
But, the manure warmed him and defrosted
his wings. Warm and happy, able to
he started to move himself. Just then,
large cat came by and seeing the movement,
cleared away the manure, found the
bird and promptly ate him.
The moral of the story? One, not everyone
who craps on you is necessarily your
Two, not everyone who gets you out
crap is necessarily your friend. And
when you are under a pile of crap,
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