Where did the Summer go to?. I hope you had a great time whatever you got up to. I had a brilliant Summer and I have lots of new ideas for my blog that I hope you will enjoy reading over the next few months. Something that happened over the summer relates to today’s post. I travelled a lot and met amazing people, young and old. I had wonderful chats with people that at times left me speechless. Some personalities resembled the Sun and others the Wind. Let me explain.
Some of you may have heard of Aesop’s fable of the North Wind and the Sun. For those of you who don’t here is a quick version of the story.
The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun said: “I know a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveller to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger you begin.” So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard as it could upon the traveller. But the harder he blew the more closely did the traveller wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had to give up in despair. Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory upon the traveller, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on.
The people I met were both the Sun and the Wind. Some people used force when speaking and others were very warm and calm and so easy to get along with.
So which are you – the Sun or the Wind?
Life is full of personalities and some people bring challenges. It is how you respond to them that makes all the difference in your life.
Are you the person who pushes and uses force to achieve things or are you the quiet passive person who listens and knows that things will work out without using powerful words.
I am like the Sun. I believe it is better to use gentle persuasion than force in difficult situations. So next time you find yourself in a discussion with a powerful person or faced with a challenge think of how powerful the sun can be and remember, always keep your face towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.
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