The Boy and the Nettles

A Boy was stung by a Nettle. He ran home and told his Mother, saying, “Although it hurts me very much, I only touched it gently.” “That was just why it stung you,” said his Mother. “The next time you touch a Nettle, grasp it boldly, and it will be soft as silk to your hand, and not in the least hurt you.”

Aesop Fables

The Story of Aesop

Aseop born around 620 B.C. lived in Ancient Greece and who’s Fables have been the basis for children’s stories for centuries. The Hare and the Tortoise, The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Lion and the Mouse to name but a few.

All those centuries ago and still as important today as they obviously where back when Aseop was writing about the issues we all still struggle with today. Each of the Aesop Fables have a very clear and meaningful message and are told in a way that delivers a clear understanding to the reader.

Like the Fable above, there would be no one person who cannot relate to this message. I for one can bear testimony to this fact when it is I have tentatively approached an import decision or undertaken a course of action in a halfhearted manner and inevitably I have failed. With failure comes pain in some form or another.

A detail of the 13th-century Fontana Maggiore in Perugia, Italy, with the fables of The Wolf and the Crane and The Wolf and the Lamb

Ancient philosophers like Aesop demonstrate that there are day to day issues we face today that have been part of human existence since the beginning of time as humans know it.

A number of years ago I found a poem written by a Greek philosopher and poet who’s name I have not been able to find, so am unable to give the relevant recognition to such an incredible man. The one line of the poem which has had a profound impact on how I view the world was, translated to the best of my knowledge “In the shadow of today, already walks tomorrow.”

In the shadow of my today walks my tomorrow. What do I see in my shadow that will give me insight as to what my future will hold? At 62 years of age I have few tomorrows left with a lot of yesterdays behind me.

One thing that I do know is that what what lies in our past defines where our futures will find us. When I reflect back on my life I am amused at times when I think of some of the struggles I have had. How these sometimes extremely painful and insurmountable obstacles have shaped who I am today. In every instance I know they have helped me grow and be a better person.

What does the future hold for me, who knows as it will unfold as it will. I will live what time I have left with the wisdom of Aesop’s Fable of the “The Boy and the Nettles”.

Graham Cotter


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