Finding foxes…

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Finding foxes…

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One of my favorite stories from Aesop’s Fables is the one about the fox and the crow. Those of us familiar with the tale would remember it fondly. A crow finds a piece of cheese and goes up to a branch to eat it. The fox, wanting to eat the cheese himself, praises the crow’s beauty and wonders if it has a voice to match. The crow, believing the fox, begins to caw and the cheese falls to the ground, where the fox eats it. The moral of the story is that one should not listen to flattery.

The crow thinks that it is beautiful and that it has a beautiful voice. There is nothing wrong with that, of course. Most of us would be happy with our looks and how we sound. So was it wrong for the crow to believe the words of the fox? Was it naïve on the crow’s part to not realize that the fox was only looking to get the cheese, and wasn’t speaking honestly?

There are people around us who would flatter us to achieve their ends. Yet, there are people whose praise and curiosity is genuine. They look to encourage us, and understand that we are perfect as we are. And we do have something of value with us. It might not be the most priceless of things to many around. But it is valuable.

How can we tell who are genuine in their praise, and who are the cunning foxes flattering us to get our cheese?

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 11th October 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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