Friday Fable: Aesop’s “THE JAR GOES TO COURT.”*

Posted by jlubans on August 31, 2012

There was a woman of Sybaris (a Greek city) who broke a jar. The jar then got someone to testify as a witness, but the woman of Sybaris said, 'I swear by the Maiden (Persephone), you would have been far wiser if you'd gone right away to get a bandage, instead of making a court-case out of it.'”

How often do we waste time in getting even, in pointing out other’s mistakes, when we should instead just pick up the pieces and start over? Instead of proclaiming you’ve been wronged, take action that moves you further along. If something is broken, forget fixing blame; rather fix what’s broken!
PS. Often what’s not broken needs to be broken, but that’s another fable.
*Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.

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