Fireside Sketch – Wednesday Wisdom


A man bought a parrot, to which he gave the run of the house.
It was quite tame, and jumping one day onto the hearth it perched there and kept up a pleasant chatter.
The house cat eyed it, and asked who it was and where it came from.
It said that the master has just bought it.
“Then most audacious of creatures” said the cat, “fancy a newcomer like you making such a noise, when I who was born in the house, am not allowed to miaow!
If ever I do, they are cross and chivy me away” “O mistress of the house” answered the parrot, “my advice to you is to take a long walk. You see there’s a difference. The family does not dislike my voice as it does yours.”


∼This fable satirizes ill-natured critics who are always trying to find fault with others∼

Fables of Aesop

Promise yourself


“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
―     Christian D. Larson,     Your Forces and How to Use Them

≈Laugh loudly, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly≈