Just before my 19th birthday, I packed up my ’84 Honda Accord full with everything I needed to live for 3 months and drove to Connecticut to start a co-op job working on submarines at General Dynamics. My mom handed me this story and to this day, I still have hanging next to my desk. How thoughtful she was to give me some important life lessons as I embarked to live on my own for the first time. The lesson goes a little something like this…
IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY
Once upon a time, there was a nonconforming sparrow who decided not to fly south for the winter. However, soon the weather turned so cold that he reluctantly started to fly south. In a short time ice began to form on his wings and he fell to earth in a barnyard, almost frozen. A cow pass by and crapped on the little sparrow. The sparrow thought it was the end. But, the manure warmed him and defrosted his wings. Warm and happy, able to breathe, he started to sing. Just than a large cat came by and hearing the chirping investigated the sounds. The cat cleared away the manure on the chirping bird and promptly ate him.
The moral of the story:
1. Everyone who shits on you is not necessarily your enemy.
2. Everyone who gets you out of shit is not necessarily your friend.
3. And if you’re warm and happy in a pile of shit, keep your mouth shut.