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It’s Not MY Problem!

A friend shared this with me today, and I took the liberty of editing it ever so little, in order to make it a little more personal.

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. 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! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”a sitting pig

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 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.

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. So many people came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

MORAL: The next time you hear someone is facing a problem that you know how to solve, and you think it doesn’t concern you, remember, when one person is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry. Our lives are woven together for a reason.

~ Unknown Author

Image Credit: Sitting Pig image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images pig barn farm sitting animal on Pixabay

About the Author Trish

Given my passion for genealogy, is it any wonder that I eventually wanted to publish my work? Learning to use a personal computer was a natural step once I was introduced it in the 1990s. Then the internet offered a second means to "publish" and now, here I am with a personal blog.

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6 comments
Grace | Work Anywhere Now says November 2, 2016

What a story! I truly believe our lives are totally intertwined and spiritually connected. If you can help even one person, you should do it for the sake of helping your neighbors. We all need a little help sometimes.

Thanks for this story!
Grace

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    Trish says November 3, 2016

    Glad you enjoyed this as much as I did Grace.
    After reading this one, I just HAD to share it here for other to read.
    Helping others is rather fun, don’t you agree?

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Gomer Magtibay says October 26, 2016

Wow, I was abit overwhelmed by the story. It’s no ordinary story and I am a bit compelled this to anyone I know on Facebook. Nice story indeed, with big moral lesson.

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    Trish says October 27, 2016

    You’re not alone Gomer, I was so impressed by this story that I just HAD to share it here. Have you ever heard the story of the garbage truck? That’s anothere moral to the story type post. Here’s the URL to that one: https://trishparr.com/the-law-of-the-garbage-truck/

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Hal says September 20, 2016

Wow! I had never heard this story before. It is a great life’s lesson. Indeed.
Thanks for sharing this!

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    Trish says September 22, 2016

    You’re very welcome Hal. This story was new to me too, which was why I decided to share it here.
    Thank YOU for commenting!

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