One beautiful summer day, a donkey and a Tiger's paths crossed.
The Donkey said "Look at the beautiful blue grass".
The Tiger said, "It is beautiful, but the grass is green".
This began an argument and finally the Donkey said, "Let's go ask the Lion", to which the Tiger agreed.
They found the Lion and the Donkey made his case, and at the conclusion the Lion said "Yes, of course, and for punishment, the Tiger must be silent for one month". Upon hearing this, the Donkey danced away in celebration bragging to any who would listen how he had bested the Tiger in front of the Lion.
After he left, the Tiger turned to the Lion and said "We both know the grass is green. Why am I being punished".
The Lion replied "Yes of course, but that's not why you are being punished. There are two reasons. First, you wasted your time arguing with an obvious Jackass, and second, you wasted my time with it."
I can picture John Kerry the tiger. Algore the donkey and Victor Davis Hanson as the Lion
Posted on by Texans Jack & Dodie
The biggest waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn’t care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on discussions that make no sense. There are people who, for all the evidence presented to them, do not have the ability to understand. Others who are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and the only thing that they want is to be right even if they aren’t.
When IGNORANCE SCREAMS, intelligence moves on!
Origin of a very related expression:
I especially liked this quote:
"It has been remarked by a wise man that he who wrestles with a hog must expect to be spattered with filth, whether he is vanquished or not. This maxim I have long known and appreciated; nevertheless, there are occasions when it must be disregarded. A man may be attacked in such a way that he is compelled to flagellate his hogship, even at the risk of being contaminated by the unclean beast."
I like this one below too. We've all faced bullies or trolls or people that attack us because they disagree with our positions or what we stand for. We've all faced situations that seem impossible to overcome. Sometimes not thru our own fault, sometime because of us not being able to recognize our own faulty thought process.
The tips from the numerous sources at this link are wonderful ways to manage and overcome this! I copied just a few below.
Practice an attitude of gratitude and it can act as a motivator in adjusting your mindset, bit by bit. You’ll feel full of purpose. You’ll become excited for tomorrow and content in knowing you did everything you could and to the best of your ability today, with or without the presence of lemons.
Failure is guaranteed if we quit. Success is always negotiable if we at least try. No matter how hard, how many, or how often life lemons are thrown at you, as long as you have breath in your body, you can still win.
It’s a matter of choice, which you have full control. That force, energy, tenacity and comes from within. It is more powerful, potent, and fierce than any lemon life can ever give you. So the next time life hands you a lemon, squeeze every last drop of juice out it to season your success!
That’s why I say when life gives you lemons, simply appreciate the lemons for what they are: lemons.
While searching for knowledge, wisdom, and advice are all great, take a moment to consider that the answers to each of our lemons & problems are already on the inside of us; we just need to be ripe and ready to receive them and they need to be drawn out.
Sure, there are probably answers to each of our questions out there somewhere, but do you really have the time to search the planet, read everything ever written, or talk to every person on earth to weed through all the noise and find the answer that pertains directly to you?
Do you really trust Google to be your personal therapist and find you the right answer? Why is it that we don’t trust and overlook the most important source for our answers; our heart?
So how do we listen to our heart to slice through those lemons? Four simple steps that I use:
Here are some that have changed my life for the better after adversity or negative outcomes have occurred:
Turning a lemon into gallons of fresh, tasty lemonade
NEW: 2 Threads of the week 9-19-22/Scientific Method
Started by metmike - Sept. 19, 2022, 4:52 p.m.
At the end of the day, how long it takes to form a particular habit doesn't really matter that much. Whether it takes 50 days or 500 days, you have to put in the work either way.
The only way to get to Day 500 is to start with Day 1. So forget about the number and focus on doing the work.