virtues

transparency – a lesson from aesop

simply stephen / February 21, 2012

Today, I thought I’d share one of Aesop’s fables. They still provide great lessons in life and have stood the test of time for over 25 centuries. That’s 2500 years!

The Goat and the Goatherd ~ Aesop

 A GOATHERD had sought to bring back a stray goat to his flock. He whistled and sounded his horn in vain; the straggler paid no attention to the summons. At last the Goatherd threw a stone, and breaking its horn, begged the Goat not to tell his master. The Goat replied, “Why, you silly fellow, the horn will speak though I be silent.”

Moral: Do not attempt to hide things which are transparent.

A simple story.

If applied to life, transparency will ease a lot of frustration. It can release worry. It builds character and integrity. It strengthens relationships. It creates a stronger, better, healthier YOU.

Life is transparent.

We pick our battles and don’t always speak our minds. We tend to make silent observations. It’s foolish to think people don’t notice. They just choose not to react or voice a response.

If you are an angry person it is obvious.

If you drink or smoke it’s crazy to think someone doesn’t smell, see or sense it.

If you are sad and depressed, people see it.

We tuck so many habits under the rug and blindly fool ourselves. The things we seek to hide are usually the ones that are discovered. When that happens we lose a little bit of ourselves and diminish our connection with reality and the world. Hiding things is not the answer.

That erodes trust. It also creates an attitude of distrust towards others.

Instead, embrace life and strive to do your best. In a transparent world, there is nothing to hide, no lies to get up in. It’s easy. If you know only truth and act only truthfully, you will never get caught in lies and deceit.

And that simple action makes it much easier to cope with life.