The Lion, The Tiger and the Donkey
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Started by TimNew - Sept. 17, 2022, 5:42 a.m.

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."

By mcfarm - Sept. 18, 2022, 9:39 a.m.
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I can picture John Kerry the tiger. Algore the donkey and Victor Davis Hanson as the Lion

By metmike - Sept. 18, 2022, 12:04 p.m.
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      Great story, Tim...........when understood and used  honestly to apply the intended meaning by the person who told it originally:      

What A Donkey, Tiger, and Lion Can Teach Us About Letting Things Go

            In a world filled with anger and arguments that are causing more division every day, we can look to the parable of the Donkey, Tiger, and Lion for wisdom in knowing when it’s time to let things go.                           
The point here is, don’t waste time in discussions or get involved in arguments that aren’t going to be productive. Let people be the way they are, do not empower division, do not empower anger by participating in those conversations, just move on. Take care of yourself and your family, and stay focused on your own goals and behavior.  
TIP: Check out this related article, “How Our Differences Define Our Humanity.”                                                             


By metmike - Sept. 18, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
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The Donkey, Tiger and Lion Lesson

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!

By metmike - Sept. 18, 2022, 12:48 p.m.
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Origin of a very related expression:

Never Wrestle with a Pig. You Both Get Dirty and the Pig Likes It

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."

By metmike - Sept. 21, 2022, 5:38 p.m.
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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.

When Life Gives You Lemons.. Should You Make Lemonade?

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. 

Related: 18 Things to Be Thankful for (The Ultimate List)

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.

Your target should be to become a better lemonade maker

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:


  1. What are the facts about the situation? Get clarity on what is actually happening. Not your opinion, not your feelings about the situation, what are the 100% true facts. We have to have clarity. metmike: Apply this to obtain those authentic facts:
  2. What are your feelings about the situation? Now that we have the facts, it’s healthy to acknowledge our true feelings. Sometimes we even need to speak them out loud or tell someone.
  3. Now that we know the facts and feelings, we want to spend some time focusing on the solution. Not focusing on the problem, focusing on different perspectives and giving ourselves permission to trust what our heart is saying. Sometimes this takes time if our mind is cluttered with chaos and busyness.
  4. Finally, we decide on one thing that we can do immediately to start us down the path we choose, and then we do that one thing. Not in a couple of weeks, not this weekend, immediately.
  5. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Here are some that have changed my life for the better after adversity or negative outcomes have occurred: 

  1. Write down your failures and leave them there. They do not define you. If you focus too long on the negatives, you’ll miss the lessons they taught you.Always learn!
  2. If you want to change a negative to a positive experience – always keep in mind, “You never lose; you win or you learn.”
  3. Never put yourself down because others will expend their time doing enough of that. Change things by doing something that changes your gears – like a going out for ice cream or watching a funny movie. It’s not a waste of time; use it as your Reset Button.
  4. Always take responsibility for your part in what happened. Recognize why it happened, apologize from your heart, and promise yourself to make a positive change.
  5. Never feel defined by failures; you’re defined by how you handle them. Choose to look beyond the negatives and find a new goal. Keep reaching.
  6. Seek positive guidance from others. No one says you must handle your “lemons” alone. Find others that already overcame theirs and follow their example
By metmike - Sept. 21, 2022, 5:44 p.m.
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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.    

By metmike - Sept. 21, 2022, 5:52 p.m.
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Thanks to my son, Mac for this one:

How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science)

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.