Perserverance (two tales)
The Photographic Elephant
There was once an elephant who wanted to be a photographer. How his friends would laugh when they heard him talk about it!
- “How silly,” said some, “there aren’t any cameras for elephants!”
- “What a waste of time,” others would say, “there’s nothing to photograph here anyway…”
But the elephant kept following his dream, and, piece by piece, he managed to cobble together some old bits of junk and some spare parts, and ended up with a camera of sorts. With this camera, the elephant had to design practically everything himself, from a button he pressed with the end of his trunk, to a lens made to fit an elephant’s eye, to a load of wrought iron used to make a frame so the elephant could attach the camera to his head.
When it was all finished, he could finally get to taking his first photos. However, the elephant camera was so enormous and strange-looking that it seemed like some huge ridiculous mask. So many people laughed as he went by that the elephant began to think of abandoning his dream… Even worse, it was beginning to look like those who had said there was nothing to photograph there had been right…
But things worked out differently. The sight of the elephant walking about with the camera on his head was so funny that no one could help but laugh when they saw him. And, using a great deal of good humour, the elephant managed to take some really amusing, incredible pictures of all the animals. In his photos they always looked joyful; even the moody rhino! So the elephant managed to become the official savannah photographer, and animals would come from every direction to have some nice photos taken for their passport to the zoo.
The frogs and the tower
There once was a bunch of tiny frogs… who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.
The race began…Honestly, no-one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as:
“Oh, WAY too difficult!!”
“They will NEVER make it to the top”.
“Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!”
The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one… Except for those who in a fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher…The crowd continued to yell
“It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!”
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up…But ONE continued higher and higher and higher…This one wouldn’t give up!
At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top! THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? A contestant asked the tiny frog how the one who succeeded had found the strength to reach the goal?
It turned out…
That the winner was deaf.`
I’ll be back tomorrow…
may you have a day of perserverance