I love anecdotes, and I recently came across one about a farmer and his horse.
In a rural area, a farmer was tending to his horse named Buddy, when a stranger came to his house, desperate for his help. The stranger had lost control of his vehicle and ran it off into a ditch. The stranger asked the farmer if his horse could somehow pull the vehicle out of the ditch for him and assured the farmer that the vehicle was small.
The farmer said he would come, bring his horse, and take a look, but that he could not promise he would help if his horse might be injured in some way from attempting to pull the vehicle out of the ditch. And so he followed the stranger to where he had crashed, and saw that the stranger had been telling the truth about the vehicle being small. So the farmer took a rope and fixed it so his horse Buddy, would be able to pull the vehicle out of the ditch. The farmer then said, “Pull, Casey, Pull,” but the horse would not budge. The farmer then said, “Pull, Bailey, Pull,” but the horse would not budge again. The farmer then said, “Pull, Mandy, Pull,” and again the horse would not move. The farmer then said, “Pull, Buddy, Pull,” and the horse pulled until the vehicle was out of the ditch. The stranger was very grateful, but asked the farmer why he had called the horse by different names? The farmer said, “Buddy is blind, and I had to make him think he had help pulling the car out of the ditch or he would not have pulled.”
Buddy in most senses is a portrayal of how most of us are. We are not ready to start doing anything until we are sure that we have, or will get help from others. However, if we always depend on others to get us out of our our fixes, we will always remain stuck in a ditch. To read more posts by Anne, click HERE