The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along, they passed some people who remarked, “it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding.” The man and the boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.
Later, they passed some people who remarked, “What a shame, he makes that little boy walk.” They decided they both would walk!
Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So they both rode the donkey!
Now they passed some people that shamed them by saying, “how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey.”
The boy and man said they were probably right so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed a bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.
Lesson: If you try to please everyone, you will eventually lose your ass.
Once upon a time a scorpion wanted to cross a brook. On the bank he saw a frog and asked if the frog would give him a ride to the other side.
“Oh no,” says the frog, “If I carry you on my back you will sting me.”
“But why would I sting you when we would both surely perish,” replied the scorpion.
The frog eventually conceded that the scorpion had a point, and agreed to the request.
Half way across, the scorpion stang the frog, and they both began to drown.
“But why did you break your word and sting me, knowing it would be certain death for us both?” cried the frog.
“Because it is in my nature.” said the scorpion.
Lesson: People are true to their nature. If you’re instincts tell you to watch you back with certain people in the office, then listen to your gut reaction. Otherwise, prepare to get stung.
In the land of inflatables (bear with me..), at the inflatable office, what did the inflatable boss say to the idiot employee caught misbehaving with a pin? “You let me down, you let yourself down, and worst of all you let the whole office down.”
Lesson: Watch your mistakes, they are not all created equal.