The Double Meaning Of The Fable, “The Fox And The Grapes”

The Fox And The Grapes

A hungry Fox saw some fine bunches of grapes hanging from a vine that was trained along a high trellis and did his best to reach them by jumping as high as he could into the air. But it was all in vain, for they were just out of reach. So he gave up trying and walked away with an air of dignity and unconcern, remarking, “I thought those grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quite sour.”  Jones, Vernon V.S., ed. Aesop’s Fables. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2003.

When I read this fable, I see two posible meanings and takeaways. On one hand, the story is saying that when you come across something that looks good, that you want, and you make an effort to get it without success, don’t let it bother you and just walk away going about your business. On the otherhand, the story is also saying (perhaps) that when you are not successful in getting something you want and on your own give up ataining it, don’t then “turn around” and “mock” it and the source of your setback.

Either one of these two meanings are useful and good take aways, it just depends on the person/s reading the story and how they see it. The great, useful thing about fables and stories in general is that there are multable things to learn and take away from them. They are both “one size fits all” lessons as well as “custimizable lessons.” We certingly see this in “The Fox and the Grapes.”

What are your thoughts on this fable and its two lessons for the reader?

The Advantages of Paper

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Paper” by “The Daily Post.”

I love to read and I will read just about anything. Books are my one “guilty pleasure” that will make me spurge my money on. I have “tons” of books at home just waiting to be read. I also have, because of the ease of traveling with my books, a Kindle (electronic reader) with a large digital liberal on it. The thing is, as much as I love and apprecitate the easey access of digital books, I will always perfer paper to digital.

Yes, in todays world “tech is king” and it will most likly stay king, but that does not mean that paper will go the way of the “Dotto bird.” There will always be a place and need for paper, for a lot of things and not just books. There is just something about paper that you can’t get with electronic devices. The smell, the texture, the feeling of actually turning the page, all this and more. 

Paper will always be king when it comes to keeping records that last or because there is actually a “pshical” copy that you know is there and do not have to worry about acidently deleting it. There is also something about actually writing down something of importance verses typing it, that can offten make it more memuable. I do most of my “writing”  on the cumputer, but every now and then when I am writing, I enjoy it so much more; and I already enjoy “writing so much. I don’t know why exactly that is, it just is.

No matter how much time passes or how advance our society becomes in using technoligy in our daily lives; I am pretty sure paper will never go away. It may become less popuallar for a time, or become less used in certin aspects, but it will remain. There is just a certin advantge to having and using paper over electronic storiage. This is just how I feel; what about you? What are your thoughts on the subject? Please share them!

To Create

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Create” by “The Daily Post.”

I love writing, it truly is a joy for me, whenever I sit down at my computer or in front of my journal with pen, and insperation just flows from my mind. I also enjoy as a hoby to cook my own meals from time to time. There is just something about taking a whole bunch of nothing (recept ingredents) and making something spectactular as a result. Writing is the same way I find, the ability to creat something and then enjoy the “fruits” of your work is undescribable to me.

But for me it is not just the finish product, but the actural creating that I enjoy so much. The coming up with ideals to write about, the researching, and finding the right ways to say what I want to say and express. To be able to see it all come together as it is coming together, truly is the greatest joy for a creater! 

I also find that when I am writing, when I am so deeply into it, that the rest of the world around me is drowned out, I find that I am intuned sometimes with “my creater” and I know then, better than I have ever known just why “He” loves us and all of “His” creation so much. Jesus loves us beacuse he was intamentlty invloved in our creation, as we all came to be step by step in the same way I am invloved step by step in my writing.

To create is much more then bringing something into exsistence, it is about having a “relationship” with what you are creating, to be able to feel the “life” you are “breathing” into it as you work deligenitly to bring it about. When I am writing, I am bringing life so to speak into what I am telling. Life that will flourish and grow as it is read and enjoyed by others. When one is creating something you become a part of the suceeses and/or failars of your creation in “its life.”

So what do you create in your life? What does your act of creation mean for you? How is it enjoyable for you; and do you take in all the processes that go into making your creation? If you don’t creat anything or never have; why not? Actually, you probally have but just did not realise it or considered it as an act of you creating something. So, think back through your life on all that you have done; and I think the results will surprise you. What are your thoughts on creating? Please share!

Do You Bottle Up Your Emotions?

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Bottle” by “The Daily Post.”

Do you have a tendency of holding in your emotions and bottling them up instead of letting them out? To some extent we all do this or have done this from time to time in our lives. Perhaps it was because we don’t like having others see how we “really feel, or we think emotions are a weakness. Perhaps at the time we felt a particularly strong emotion, we recognized that the time and place was not appropriate to express that kind of emotion. Whatever the case may be, pretty much everyone to to one degree or another has and does “bottle” their emotions rather than express them.

Bottling up one’s emotions, however, is not the problem at least not when done in moderation and only to a certain extent. As long as we find the time to let those emotions out, allowing ourselves to feel the full range of them and why we are feeling them so that we can work out what is bothering us (if that is the case) then there really is no problem. It is only when we bottle up our emotions all the time and never give ourselves the proper time and place to feel and experience them that problems do and will start showing themselves. The more you “bottle” the more problems you start to have in your life.

Our emotions are what allow us to live our lives in a world that can be beautiful, fun and engaging, but also scary, hurtful, and just plain ugly. They allow us, to either “moderrate” the bad things that happen in our lives or to enjoy and “celebrate” the good things. Our emotions also let us know when “something is wrong.” But above all, our emotions give “color” to our lives and the world around us. Without them, the world would be such a duller and uninteresting place.

By “over bottling” our emotings we hurt not only ourselves, but those around us as well. It causes our stress levels to rise and makes us less productive in our lives. By showing and or expressing our emotions, we are actually keeping said emotions in check, and thus proventing unnneeded stress. Expressing one’s emotions, keeps any one emotion form “taking over.” So, if you are one who tends to bottle his/her emotions, don’t! Start letting them out, not all at once (that would be just as bad) but little by little, and learn to live a little.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Please and do share.

A World without Imagination, is not a world worth living in

This is a response to the one-word prompt “Imaginary” by “The Daily Post.”

What do you see in the world around you? How does your mind work and make of its surroundings? Do you take in all the sights, shapes, sounds, and smells, and try and make sense of them? When you see others interacting around you, do you try to imagine what’s going on and make-up stories, or do you try to understand their story? But most important of all, do you try to understand the story of life and the world around you by imagining the world in different ways? Life is just one big story with lots of vivid and intriguing “characters and sub-plots.” That is I think, why humans throughout the ages have always turned to “great literature to learn about the world. But in order to do either tell a story or have one told to you, you have to have an imagination.

Without imagination we would not have stories; we would not have Tolkien’s “Lord of the Ring” epics or C.S Luis’s The “Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” It is imagination, that allows us to look at the world and recreate it in our minds. Because imagination allows us to recreate the world in our minds; it is thanks to the imagination, that we have the scientific and technologic in advances that we do in today’s world. Imagination allows us to look at the world as it is and makes us think and ask ourselves “how can we make it better?”

So if imagination offers us so much in life; what would the world and life be like without it? What would it be like to go about your day to day activities without taking in the beauty of everything around you or being able to “enjoy” your life? A world and life without imagination are not worth living in. Without imagination, what do we have but the “ugly nity gritty” details of life and the hard work we have to do to get by. It is imagination that lets us to look around all the “hardness” of life. Without imagination we would not be living but instead only surviving; but humans need more in life than just to survive, they need to thrive, to live.