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

Author Unknown

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chapter 8, Page 19, Book 13

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it. 

 Lewis Carroll

Driving home from her office one summer day, a woman noted that there were four places within two blocks of her home where she could stop and buy a five-cent glass of iced tea.  Each little stand had two or three youngsters behind it, all eager to serve any customer who came their way.  During the next two weeks, the woman managed to stop at each of the stands to encourage the entrepreneurs.  In each case the tea was very good.  Small talk revealed that all the youngsters were selling tea made by their mothers, who used tea leaves and real lemons in making the tea. 

One day the woman discovered that only one stand was operating. Behind it was the new kid on the block.  She stopped and ordered a glass of tea.  It was served in a paper cup and it cost 10 cents. Some conversation brought out the fact that the young man's father was a lawyer who specialized in mergers, which had inspired the boy to buy out his competitors, bartering with baseball cards, marbles, and stuff he had laying around in his garage.  

His first act, he explained, was to raise the price of the iced tea, and cut costs.  He was using a powdered tea mix from the supermarket, he said, which eliminated buying real lemons as well as the bother of squeezing them or putting them in the juicer.  He didn't have to brew real tea either, he pointed out. 

 He had plans to cut costs further, he said, and with his competitors out of the market, he expected sales to grow.  Intrigued, the woman made a half dozen more stops at the stand and became aware that the tea was getting weaker and weaker. 

One day the young man confessed that sales were dropping and he attributed this to the fact that he was using less and less of the powdered-tea mix. Then one day he went out of business, as attempts to turn things around failed. 

The moral of this story is:  Honest Tea' is the best policy!

Of morals and morale...

 As a noun moral refers to the lesson or principle taught by a story or event.

The noun morale ,stress on the second syllable, means spirit or attitude.

A moral is the lesson of a story. Add an 'e' and you have morale : the spirit of a group that makes everyone want to pitch in and do better.

I do love stories that teach lessons, but even though I've read many of them I know that I still have a lot to learn. 

The older I get the more I find that I have a lot to learn.  Just about the time I think I have it figured out, someone changes the story around.

It’s easy to get stuck in the mud with old ways of doing things. If we continue to learn, we have at least a chance of keeping up to date.

The other day I read that you can heal a paper cut and stop the pain by applying chap stick.  Wonder who ever thought of that ?  

Next time I get one, I'll have to try it out….that is I can find my chap stick.

I want to keep on learning every day, but I think there are some things worth remembering too.  The old tale of honesty is the best policy, is one I won't be forgetting. Maybe you have some you'd like to share too.


linda m said...

I love the "Honest Tea" story. Isn't that just the way things are these days. Blessings

Mary Ann said...

Great moral, MA!

JeanJournal said...

Honesty is always the best policy and I like the quotation ((((( You can't do wrong and get by. )))))~~ of course we all have tested this quote ~:) and repented if we are wise, , , , Jean(Rome Ga girl living in Calhoun


LOVE stories with a moral to them.

jack69 said...

Great read. Loved the 'Honest tea' quote, or moral.
Always get something here to take home.
Love from North Carolina for awhile

Chatty Crone said...

I think everything does have a meaning.