An old man, a boy, and a donkey were on their way to town.
The boy was riding the donkey and as they went along, they passed a group of people who remarked that it was a shame the old man had to walk while the young boy was riding.
The man and boy thought about the criticism and decided maybe the people were right, so they switched places.
Later they passed another group of people who remarked that it was a shame that the old man made the little boy walk. The two travellers decided that they would BOTH walk.
Soon they passed a third group of people who said they were stupid to walk , when they had such a fine donkey to ride. So, the two decided they would both ride the donkey.
The next group of people they passed said that it was AWFUL that the two put such a heavy load on the poor donkey. The old man & boy thought that maybe the people were right, so they decided to carry the donkey.
Soon they came to a river, with a narrow bridge spanning it. As they attempted to cross the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and it fell into the river, floating down stream at an incredible speed until it was completely out of sight.
The moral of the story ?
If you try to please everyone, you may as well kiss your ass goodbye.
Something a little different this week, after a conversation about this very topic, I was forwarded the story and found it to be too good not to share. It's all too easy to try to be everything to everyone, which doesn't leave much leftover for yourself.
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