It’s All Relative

There was once a farmer in desperate need of guidance.

He went to the town elder and said, “I am in desperate need of your help or I’ll go crazy. I can’t stand living in my house, my wife, my children and my in-laws all under one roof, I can’t get any peace. My nerves are on edge, we yell and scream at one another. Being at home is a hell.” The elder said to him, “Do you promise to do whatever I tell you?” “I swear I shall do anything”, the farmer said.

“Very well. How many animals do you have on your farm?” “A cow, a goat and six chickens.” “Take them all into the house with you. Then come back after a week.” The farmer was appalled. But he had promised to obey, so he took the animals indoor.

A week later he came back, a disgraceful figure, moaning, “I’m a nervous wreck. The dirt! The stench! The noise! We’re all on the verge of madness!”  “Go back,” said the elder, “and put the animals back outside.” The farmer ran all the way home.

And came back the following day, his eyes sparkling with joy. “How sweet life is! The animals are out. The home is a Paradise, so quiet and clean and roomy!”

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Shared by: Aaron Karmin, LCPC, Contributing Blogger

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