The Crow and The Pitcher

Posted: June 21, 2013 in World On The Edge

Sometimes I’m a whiner. I complain about a negative situation, even find comfort in my complaints, yet I do nothing to fix the problem. That’s when I remember the Crow.

There was a Crow, half-dead with thirst, who came upon a Pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it. He tried, and he tried, but at last gave up in despair and went off whining, “I need some water, but nothing good ever happens for me!” Of course, he became thirstier and thirstier.

Then a thought came to him. But it was a thought that required a lot of effort on his part and he didn’t know if he wanted to exert himself that much. Still, he was getting thirstier and thirstier. “Oh, all right,” he said to himself. “Maybe I’ll try my idea.” So he found a pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher. And he began to see something happening.

He took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher.

At last, he saw the water rising up near the reach of his beak, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench his thirst, and save his life.

The crow got a positive result because he didn’t give up. He came to the conclusion he had to take responsibility for his own life.

Complaining and whining does us no good. But a well-thought-out, positive action can change our life, and maybe even save it.

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