Tuesday, October 20, 2009

LESSON FROM A TERRAPIN

There was a boy who found a terrapin, more commonly known as a turtle.

He started to examine it but the turtle pulled in its head and closed its shell like a vice. The boy was upset and he picked up a stick to try to pry it open.

The boy's uncle saw all this and remarked, "No, that's not the way! In fact, you may kill the turtle but you'll not get it to open up with a stick."

The uncle took the terrapin into the house and set it near the fireplace. It wasn't but a few minutes until it began to get warm. Then the turtle pushed out its head, then stretched out its legs and began to crawl. "Turtles are like that," said the uncle, "and people, too. You can't force them into anything.

But if you first warm them up with some real kindness, more than likely, they will do what you want them to do."

2 comments:

Tiger said...

Goodness comes from goodness, and more.
Kindness will beget kindness, and if we start this chain, the world will be a much better place!

Eternally the optimist!

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Tiger

Indeed you are right! I wrote sth in unplugged the other day about trying a little bit of love and kindness. If everyone were to do their part and spread a little cheer and love around, yes - the world would be a better place for us to live in.

Thanks for infusing optimism into my blog. Have missed your concise and sharp comments!

Take care and blessings to you and yours.