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by vinaykumar B R, India Oct 7, 2006
Human Rights , Education , Globalization   Short Stories


Once upon a time a washerman was bringing up two donkeys. Let's say Donkey-A and Donkey-B.

Donkey-A felt it was very energetic and could do better than the
other. It always tried to attract the washerman's attention by taking more load and walking fast in front of him.

Innocent Donkey-B is normal so it will walk at a normal pace, irrespective of the washerman's presence. After a period of time, the washerman started pressuring Donkey-B to be like Donkey-A. But Donkey-B, unable to
walk fast, got continuous punishment from the washerman. It was crying
and privately told Donkey-A, "Dear friend, only we two are here,
why to compete with each other? We can carry equal loads at a normal

That made Donkey-A all the more energetic and next day it told the
washerman that it could carry more load and it could even run fast.

Obviously, the happier washerman looked at Donkey-B, his blood pressure rose and he started kicking Donkey-B. The next day, with a smile, Donkey-A carried more load and started running fast. But it was breathtaking for Donkey-B and it couldn't act that way....But the washerman was frustrated, so he harassed Donkey-B terribly, and finally it fell down hopelessly.

Then Donkey-A felt itself as superior and happily started carrying
more load with great speed. But now the Load of the Donkey-B was also
being carried by Donkey-A, and still it has to run fast. For some
period it did, but finally due to fatigue it got tired and started feeling the pain. But the washerman expected more from Donkey-A. It also its
tried best, but couldn't cope up with his owners demands. The
washerman got angry with Donkey-A also and started harassing it to take
more load. Donkey-A was crying for a long time and then tried its
best, but it couldn't meet the owner's satisfaction.

Finally the day came when due to frustration the washerman killed Donkey-A and went for searching some other donkeys.

It's an endless story....But the moral of the story in corporate and social life is: Think all colleagues are the same and that everyone is capable. Always share the load equally. Don't ever act smart in front of your boss and never try to get over-credit. Don't feel happy when your colleague is under pressure. It doesn't matter if you are A or B, for the boss you shall always be a DONKEY. And most importantly, never work hard, work cleverly. Success is a journey not a destination.



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