July 7, 2021
“Pride is the mother of arrogance.”
I fear that some folks are so pridefull that they have lost sight of the world around them. These are times when we need to have empathy for those struggling with their problems. We must never stand so tall thet we miss the opportunity to hold our hand out to ohers.
Here is a story that reminded me that we need to stay open and resilient in order to make the most of our days.
The Proud Teak
There was a proud teak tree in the forest. He was tall and strong. There was a small herb next to the tree.
The teak tree said, “I am very handsome and strong. No one can defeat me.” Hearing this, the herb replied, “Dear friend, too much pride is harmful. Even the strong will fall one day.”
The teak ignored the herb’s words. He continued to praise himself. A strong wind blew. The teak stood firmly. Even when it rained, the teak stood strong by spreading its leaves.
During these times, the herb bowed low. The teak made fun of the herb. One day, there was a storm in the forest. The herb bowed low. As usual, the teak did not want to bow.
The storm kept growing stronger. The teak could no longer bear it. He felt his strength giving way. He tried his best to stand upright, but in the end, he fell down. That was the end of the proud tree.
When everything was calm again, the herb stood straight. He looked around. He saw that the proud teak had fallen.
Moral of the Story: Do not let your pride get in the way of overcoming great difficulties. The proud teak was so prideful; he thought he was stronger than the howling wind. His inability to yield eventually caused his own fall.
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
There was an old priest who got sick of all the people in his parish who kept confessing to adultery. One Sunday, in the pulpit, he said, “If I hear one more person confess to adultery, I’ll quit!”
Everyone liked him, so they came up with a code word. Someone who had committed adultery would say instead that they had “fallen.”
This seemed to satisfy the old priest and things went well until the priest passed away at a ripe, old age. A few days after the new priest arrived, he visited the mayor of the town and seemed very concerned.
“Mayor, you have to do something about the sidewalks in town. When people come into the confessional, they keep telling me they’ve fallen.”
The mayor started to laugh, realizing that no one had told the new priest about the code word. But, before he could explain, the priest shook an accusing finger at him and shouted, “I don’t know what you’re laughing about, because your wife has already fallen three times this week!”
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TEACHER: If you had one dollar and you asked your father for another, how many dollars would you have??
VINCENT: One dollar.
TEACHER(sadly): You don’t know your arithmetic…
VINCENT(sadly): You don’t know my father…
What I need is a list of the specific unknown problems we will encounter.
Suzanne was on a flight from Detroit to San Diego when the guy next to her asked if she would like to play a fun game. She was tired and just wanted to take a nap, so she politely declined and rolled over to the window to catch a few winks. The neighbor persisted and explained that the game was easy and a lot of fun. He said, “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me five dollars, and vice versa.”
Again, she declined and tried to get some sleep. Agitated, the man said, “Okay, if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.”
This caught Suzanne’s attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment, agrees to the game. The guy asked the first question: “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” Suzanne doesn’t say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5.00 bill, and hands it to him.
“Okay,” says the man, “your turn.”
She asks, “What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?”
The neighbor, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references… no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the Internet and the Library of Congress… nothing. Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworkers but to no avail.
After an hour, he woke up Suzanne and handed her $500.
She thanked him and turned back to get some more sleep.
The guy, more than a little miffed, stirred Suzanne and asked, “Well, what’s the answer?”
Without a word, she reached into her purse, handed the guy $5, and went back to sleep.
“Nobody believes the official spokesman, but everybody trusts an unidentified source.”
A few signs your mobile home may be haunted…
You come home one day and it’s clean.
The eyes on the velvet Elvis painting move.
Instead of saying “boo” the ghost says “boo-ya’ll!”
The trailer is shaking, but there’s no tornado in sight.
Your Dale Earndhart bed sheets have eyeholes cut in them.
The lights turn on and off even though you paid the power bill.
That car in your front yard isn’t on blocks — it’s levitating by itself.
Mysterious footsteps seem to be stomping out Achy Breaky Heart.
Pride is a deeply rooted ailment of the soul. The penalty is misery; the remedy lies in the sincere, life-long cultivation of humility, which means true self-evaluation and a proper perspective toward past, present and future.F
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