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reciprocity failure - Annette - 10-22-2008 09:48 AM

"a lack of reciprocity"


A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see
the farmer and his wife open a package. What food
might this contain? He was devastated to discover it
was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the
warning. There is a mousetrap in the house! There is
a mousetrap in the house!

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head
and said, Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave
concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I
cannot be bothered by it.

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, There is a
mousetrap in the house. The pig sympathized, but
said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is
nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you
are in my prayers.

The mouse turned to the cow. She said, Wow, Mr.
Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my
nose.

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and
dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the
house-like the sound of a mousetrap catching its
prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was
caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a
venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed
her to the hospital, and she returned home with a
fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh
chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the
farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and
neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To
feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So
many people came for her funeral, the farmer had
the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all
of them.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a
problem and think it doesn't concern you,
remember-when one of us is threatened, we are all at
risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We
must keep an eye out for one another and make an
extra effort to encourage one another.

SEND THIS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER HELPED YOU OUT
AND LET THEM KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE.
REMEMBER:
EACH OF US IS A VITAL THREAD IN ANOTHER PERSON'S
TAPESTRY; OUR LIVES ARE WOVEN TOGETHER FOR A REASON.


RE: reciprocity failure - test account - 10-22-2008 11:00 AM

test post :color: