Phaedrus’ THE MULES AND ROBBERS*

Posted by jlubans on May 11, 2018

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Two laden Mules were on the road—
A charge of money was bestowed
Upon the one, the other bore
Some sacks of barley. He before.
Proud of his freight, begun to swell,
Stretch’d out his neck, and shook his bell.
The poor one, with an easy pace,
Came on behind a little space,
When on a sudden, from the wood
A gang of thieves before them stood;
And, while the muleteers engage,
Wound the poor creature in their rage
Eager they seize the golden prize,
But the vile barley-bags despise.
The plunder’d mule was all forlorn,
The other thank’d them for their scorn:
“’Tis now my turn the head to toss,
Sustaining neither wound nor loss.”
The low estate’s from peril clear,
But wealthy men have much to fear.

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And so it can be in the workplace where one, when plucked from mediocrity and thrown onto a throne might celebrate, but then there are those envious and fearful few who will their damndest to frustrate and depose you.
Are you tough enough?
Do you have a network of supporters?
Does your boss like you?
More importantly, does your boss’ boss like you!?
Would you rather be fishing?
Be “mindful”, as they say, of what you want and how you plan to achieve and keep it.

*Source: The Fables of Phaedrus Translated into English Verse. Phaedrus. Christopher Smart, A. M. London. G. Bell and Sons, Ltd. 1913

© Copyright John Lubans 2018

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