As a child I grew up to Aesop’s Fables or the Aesopica is a collection of fables credited to a slave and storyteller believed to have lives in the centuries before Christ was born.
The fables were made up short stories, all fictional and some dramatic twist with animals in an allegorical attempt to describe a political, ethical or moral dilemma in our lives. The age of technology has probably reinvented the approach to appreciating the fables but I will write this for you to remind us the rich literature and attempt to take a twist on the moral of the story.
The ant and the grasshopper
“In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was chirping, singing, and hopping about for fun. An Ant passed by carrying an ear of corn back to his nest.
“Why not come and chat with me”, said the Grasshopper, “instead of doing all that work?”
“I am helping to store up food for the winter”, said the Ant, “and suggest that you do the same.”
“Why bother about the winter?”, said the Grasshopper, “we have got plenty of food at the moment.”
The Ant went on it’s way and continued its work. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and was dying of hunger.
The Ant, however, had plenty of food to last all winter from all his hard work in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew – IT IS BEST TO BE PREPARED.
A lot of us take life experiences for granted. It’s not only the financial aspect of life we prepare for during our sunset moments. After all, even if you had all that money, you’d probably be just spending it on healthcare. The story goes beyond preparing for our darker days. It reminds us that we always need to prepare for the moments when we have our guards down and face challenges in our lives.
There is a Grasshopper and an Ant in our lives. We don’t need to be just one of them. But we need to know when to be a Grasshopper or an Ant in the journey.