- The Æsop for Children Library of Congress
The Two Goats
Two Goats, frisking gayly on the rocky steeps of a mountain valley, chanced to meet, one on each side of a deep chasm through which poured a mighty mountain torrent. The trunk of a fallen tree formed the only means of crossing the chasm, and on this not even two squirrels could have passed each other in safety. The narrow path would have made the bravest tremble. Not so our Goats. Their pride would not permit either to stand aside for the other.
One set her foot on the log. The other did likewise. In the middle they met horn to horn. Neither would give way, and so they both fell, to be swept away by the roaring torrent below.
The Moral of the Story: It is better to yield than to come to misfortune through stubbornness.
My Father told me that stubbornness is sometimes confused with determination. If you fail to realize which one is which, success will be elusive. Before you decide to be determined, ask yourself a question, “Am I being determined or just plain stubborn.”
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