Inspirational Quotes: About the impossibility of pleasing others
Isn’t it funny how humans feel the need to be accepted and to be loved? Children crave for their parent’s approval by violently shouting “Mommy look, mommy look here”. Even as adults, we are ready to embark on long and exhausting journeys just to please others in order for them to have a good opinion about us and to love us back. We are seeking harmony and in doing so there is a risk of getting lost in trying to please everybody. When saying “no” seems an insuperable barrier think about this story:
“A man was riding on his donkey with his son walking next to him. They were heading home when they encountered a hiker who said: “That is not right. How come you are riding the donkey? As the father you have stronger limbs than your son.” The man immediately jumped off the donkey and allowed his son to take his place. Shortly after that, they encountered another hiker who said: “That is not right son. How come you are riding the donkey? As the son one you have younger legs”. Then they both sat and rode on the donkey until a third hiker came along who said: “What a torment my eyes see. How come two men are riding on that poor donkey? Someone should take a stick and chase you off that weak thing.” Ashamed, they both went off of the donkey and continued going by foot with the donkey in the middle of them. Finally, a forth hiker crossed their path and said: “What a odd sight. Isn’t it enough if two of you are walking by foot? Wouldn’t it easier if one was riding?” The man and his son then tied the front and the back legs of the donkey together and fixed them to a tree stake to carry the donkey on their shoulders all the way home.”
What good did listening to all opinions do? Eventually, we can’t stop people from having opinions but we can stop their opinions from having an impact on our life (unless we allow it).