Tuesday, January 5, 2010

LESSONS FROM THE 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."

4 comments:

Adirya Kiratas said...

Absolutely! Love conquers all, yet so many still choose the gun.

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Adirya

Indeed! That is why in the 1960's, the Flower Power Generation advocated Make Love, Not War...Ooops, my age is showing.

Take care and have a lovely day!

Cheers

Paulo Gonçalves said...
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masterwordsmith said...

Dear Paulo

Thanks for dropping by.

Take care and have a good evening!

Cheers