I have a favorite little fable that has spoken to me a lot. I guess that it is only human nature that we would like to please everybody and be everyone’s friend. But in the end, you really can’t! Thank the good Lord we are all different, otherwise it would be a pretty boring world! The diversity that exists on earth in the human race keeps things interesting! Imagine a world where everyone was exactly the same! Oh my! How boring it would be! But if we can just allow ourselves to be fine with not pleasing everyone, and at the same time accepting those who may have a skewed view of us, then life may be a lot more bearable. I want to share one of my favorite fable with you that proves that you simply cannot please everyone. Someone once said: “You can please most people some of the time, and some people most of the time, but you can never please everyone all of the time”
The Man The Boy and The Donkey–Aesop’s Fable
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 of yours—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.
Moral of the story: You can never please everyone! Relax and stop trying so hard and start living your life and do what you can to live at peace with your neighbor!