Flies & the Honey an Aesop Fable
A jar of honey was upset and the sticky sweetness flowed out on the table. The sweet smell of the honey soon brought a large number of Flies buzzing around. They did not wait for an invitation. No, indeed; they settled right down, feet and all, to gorge themselves. The Flies were quickly smeared from head to foot with honey. Their wings stuck together. They could not pull their feet out of the sticky mass. And so they died, giving their lives for the sake of a taste of sweetness.
The Moral of the Story: Be not greedy for a little passing pleasure. It may destroy you.
When I read this fable by Aesop it reminded me of the times in my life when instant gratification had dealt some nasty blows to me and my family. One must always consider the consequences of their actions. Actions and consequences are linked at the hip. You cannot have one without the other imposing either pain or enjoyment. Good thought-out actions produce great consequences. The inverse is true for those of us who do not do our research.
One may ask how can you research a decision or much less an action that needs to be done in seconds not days? The answer. Your mind is the fastest computer on earth. A simple question of one’s self could be, “What happened the last time I did this?”
Small toddlers know after touching a hot plate not to do it again. Pain, either through personal experiences, observing others pain personally or reading stories of one’s pain can be great lessons not soon forgotten. As we grow older these lessons of either physical or emotional pain collect in our memories which can be recalled in milliseconds. When making a decision to act or respond to a personal conversation just ask yourself the one simple question, “What happened the last time?”
Your brain will respond quickly to your request. Don’t ignore these memories. They are videos of your life. What do you call a person who watches the same video expecting a different ending? Answer: A FOOL.
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