Friday Fable. Aesops THE BEAR AND THE BEES*

Posted by jlubans on October 25, 2013

Caption: Exeunt bear pursued by bees.
A Bear roaming the woods in search of berries happened on a fallen tree in which a swarm of Bees had stored their honey. The Bear began to nose around the log very carefully to find out if the Bees were at home. Just then one of the swarm came home from the clover field with a load of sweets. Guessing what the Bear was after, the Bee flew at him, stung him sharply and then disappeared into the hollow log.
The Bear lost his temper in an instant, and sprang upon the log tooth and claw, to destroy the nest. But this only brought out the whole swarm. The poor Bear had to take to his heels, and he was able to save himself only by diving into a pool of water.

It is wiser to bear a single injury in silence than to provoke a thousand by flying into a rage.

The epimythium is true most of the time. Since the bear was nosing around to see if the bees were home, it might have been better for the bee to hold off on stinging the bear in hopes it would leave. Once stung, the bear damaged the nest. Yes, the bees got the best of the bear, but at a price. And, like the Terminator, hell be back.
So, lets break this cycle; move the nest far up into a tree hollow. If the bear wants honey, hell have to climb for it.
At work, If we are in a predictable negative cycle, stop and ask why. Then move to change the circumstances. If its due to a lack of support for some service, get the necessary support. Or, drop the service.

*Source: Aesop for Children (translator not identified). Illustrations by Milo Winter (1886-1956). Chicago: 
Rand McNally & Company, 1919. Available online at Project Gutenberg.

Leading from the Middle Library of the Week: McGill University Library.

Copyright John Lubans 2013

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