I thought you might enjoy this short story. The story has many applications in life . . . and, it has a moral to it. I use it to illustrate why it’s so important to be your brother’s keeper.
There once was a mouse who looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. “What food might this contain?” thought the mouse. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me, I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the House!” The pig sympathised but said, “I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers.”
The mouse turned to the cow. She said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse, I’m sorry for you. But it’s no skin off my nose.” So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.
Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer’s wife did not get well. She died; and so many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
So next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it doesn’t concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk – so learn to be your brother’s keeper. This is a typical example of the Nigerian/African situation, a lot of people need help and if you in the position to do something, please do it. You don’t have to wait until you own a bank, No! Just go out there and lend someone a helping hand. We all have to be our brother’s keeper. It could be something as simple as telling someone about this blog and the life transforming posts.
Care for someone today! Do it today!! Start now!!!