Monday, July 13, 2009

Survival of The Clever

Posted in Multiply Oct 25 07

In life, there are dogs, leopards and monkeys. We just have to decide to which category we belong.

A wealthy man decides to go on a safari in Africa. He takes his faithful pet dog along for company. One day the dog starts chasing butterflies and before long he discovers that he is lost. So, wandering about the dog notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch.

The dog thinks, "Boy, I'm in deep doo doo now."

Then he notices some bones on the ground close by, and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the aproaching black-spotted feline. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dog exclaims loudly, "Man, that was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here?"

Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride. Suddenly a look of terror comes over spotty cat, and he slinks away into the trees. "Whew," excliams the leopard. "That was close. That dog nearly had me."

Meanwhile, a monkey, who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So, off he goes. But the dog sees the monkey going after the leopard with great speed, and figured that something must be afoot.

The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The slink cat is furious at being made a fool and says, "Here monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine."
Now the dog sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, "What am I going to do now?" But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers and pretending he has not seen them yet. And just when they get close enough to hear, the dog says,

"Where's that monkey? I just can never trust him! I sent him off half an hour ago to bring me another leopard, and he's still not back!!!"

Now that's what I call being cool, calm and collected.

In life, it would be best to be the wise dog in the story. Be cool. Be calm. Use wisdom to deal with people of different personalities. Respond and do not react. Master your moods and never reveal your emotions to people who would take advantage of you.

Trust in God and let the revenge business be His. Simply do your honest best and pay no attention to the losers and jerks around you. Never forget that the best revenge is a life well lived.

As written by Francis J. Kong in his book, "The Early Bird Catches The Worm, But The Second Mouse Gets The Cheese"

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