It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 23, Book 12

The Mice in Council
A Fable by Aesop 

A cat was chasing all the mice and killing those she caught. The mice called a great meeting to try to think of some way of making themselves safe from the cat. The meeting lasted quite a while. Many ideas were put forward by the mice at the council but none of them seemed any good. Finally one bright young mouse stepped forward. I've got it! he said excitedly. The reason why the cat catches so many of us is that we don't hear her coming. What we need is something to warn us of the cat's approach. I know what to do. We must tie a bell around the cat's neck. That way, every time the cat comes near us, we will hear the bell tinkling and have time to hide.  What a good idea, squeaked the other mice. Well done! You have solved all our problems. All we have to do is find a bell and tie it round the cat's neck.

The other mice started to cheer and squeal excitedly, but then an old and very wise mouse who had taken no part in the meeting so far spoke up from a corner.  Just a minute, he said. It may be a good idea, but tell me this. Is anyone here willing to risk their life by going up to the cat and putting the bell around her neck?" No one answered. In a moment all the mice had left the meeting and the room was empty. No one was prepared to put the bell on the cat.

Moral to the story:  It's no point having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice!


I've seen it happen time and time again...someone has a great idea that everyone agrees with but no one wants to do.  Sometimes we even start to put it into practice but very soon go back to doing things the same old way.  We don't need to be held prisoner like the mice were by the old way of doing things. Doing something in a new way always seems to brighten my day

I've been super busy here at my house for over a month now, and I'm finding it very hard to get motivated right now to do anything at all.  My company has gone home and the house needs some attention, but truly I don't want to do much of anything.  I guess I need some rest.  

I couldn't even get motivated to go to my camper until this weekend.  It's been hot and I figured if I had to live in the air conditioning I would be better off staying at home. We've been experiencing a heat wave here in northern Ohio.  After a nice rain it has turned cooler and  I'm hoping I have a little more energy and will make it there for an extended time and hope to enjoy a long 4th of July weekend with some of my family.

Moral to my story:  Staying at home and resting is sometimes a good thing.  We often need to remember that we should pay attention to the probable, but never loose sight of the possible.

I hope that what ever you are doing this Saturday, it will be a SUPER day for you.  

As for me, I'm sitting here sipping the good coffee and enjoying it!

'On Ya'-ma


Chatty Crone said...

Well I am joining you reading this interesting article with a cup of java! sandie


Words of wisdom, indeed. Sometimes staying home and resting is just what we need to rejuvenate our spirit. I've been held prisoner like those mice because of circumstances beyond my control. So I recently decided to shake things up. I hit the road and headed out of town. Doing something new brighten my day. It doesn't have to be expensive either. ENJOY your weekend.

jack69 said...

You know what? sometimes it pays to let the world and things go by and just sit, sip and indulge yourself, I think we deserve it, and tomorrow I think i will do just that!!
I always get an idea here!
Love ya!

That corgi :) said...

I bet your body is telling you, Ma, it wants a rest with all the excitement going on in your neck of the woods over the last month with a new baby born in your family, company, etc. I think taking the time to rest and regroup is a good thing and then get back to what needs to be done. I am sure the long Fourth of July break will be a great time to rest and enjoy your time at the cabin.