Friday Fable. Aesop’s “THE SAILORS AND THE STONES”*

Posted by jlubans on December 28, 2012

“While making a trip by sea, a certain well-to-do gentleman grew frustrated with the bad weather. As the sailors were rowing less strenuously on account of the weather, the man said to them, 'Hey you, if you don't make this ship go any faster, I will pelt you with stones!' One of the sailors then said to the man, 'I just wish we were somewhere where you could find stones to throw!' 
That is how life is: we must put up with less serious losses in order to avoid worse ones.”
There’s something ineffably Aesopian in the sailor’s humorous retort to the ranting passenger, a classic bit of wisdom. And so it may be at work when we put our aspirations on hold during inclement weather in our organizations. Better, for example, to heave to and ascertain if a new leadership will support your navigation, rather than to go full steam ahead and run aground. (I could not help myself.)

*Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.

PS. When your boat docks in France, a copy of Leading from the Middle is not far away.

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