Say no! What do you care what other people think?

Very often, we think no but say yes because we fear what other people may think of us… Read this story about an old man, his son and their donkey.

An old man and his grandson were living in a small village. They wanted to bring their donkey to the market.

First, both on them were walking and the donkey was not carrying anything. They could hear the neighbours talking: “Look at them, idiots, they have a donkey, feed it every day but don’t even use it…”

Then, the boy was on the donkey and the old man walking. The neighbours were loudly commenting: “Look at them, this boy is not respecting this old man, he lets him walk while he is resting on the donkey…”

So, they switched, the old man was on the donkey and the boy walking. The neighbours still made some comments: “Look at this poor boy walking while this man is resting…”

Then, they decided to both be on the donkey. They could hear the neighbours whispering: “Look at them, cruel and stupid people, they don’t realize this poor donkey is suffering and soon it will die because it gets too tired…

Finally, they did not know what to do and decided to carry the donkey on their backs! The neighbours laughed at them loudly and called them crazy. The donkey was uncomfortable and finally ran away.

The old man said to his grandson: “We learned that when we try to please everyone, we please no one at the end. What do we care what other people think!

And they went back home with this valuable lesson in mind.

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The fifth day, they stayed at home and the old man asked his son. “Son, what did you learn this week?” and the son replied “What do we care what other people think! Whatever we do, they will always find something to say about it…”

And you, do you sometimes pay too much attention to what other people may think of you?

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4 Replies to “Say no! What do you care what other people think?”

  1. No , I don’t care what other people say because you will do good or bad they will talk about you. If you eat or can’t eat they will still mumling and gossiping.As long you know what are you doing is correct don’t bother what they talk. It’s a way of jealousy .

  2. No what other people says I just ignore, the important in doing a living for my family paying attention to what they say about is distraction of what I am focusing on.

  3. I dont mind them.
    as long as i know,we never disturb them and they are not the one giving me a source of living
    i just ignore them.

  4. I can’t be bothered what other people say behind my back. I know myself and I’m not stepping on anybody’s toes so why should I care about what they think or say about me.

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