劝说 (Persuasion)

8 Apr
The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was stronger. Suddenly they saw a traveler coming down the road and the Sun said: “I see a way to end our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveler to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger. You begin.”
So the Sun retired behind the cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard as it could upon the poor traveler. But the harder he blew the more closely the traveler held his coat round him, until at last the Wind had to give up in despair. Then the Sun came out and shone in all of its brightness and glory upon the traveler, who soon found it too hot to walk with the coat on.

Lesson: Persuasion is better than force.
            说服是不是武力更好。

        La persuasión es mejor que lafuerza.
            La persuasion est mieux que la force.

Get that? This semester I feel bombarded with languages and the four listed at the top are at the forefront of everything. So I just like translating things that I know, both for practice and to toot my horn a little. 🙂

Anyways back to the fable and how I can apply it to my life and maybe how you could apply it to yours. I have a stubborn will power, making a decision is super hard for me, but then once I’ve made the choice, I never deter. I love to push limits and expand my own boundaries, but without stepping on the toes of others.
For example when I was about five years old I stood on the seat of a tricycle; stretched my bony arms out and attempted to defy gravity. A few years after that I wasn’t so lucky. I was climbing up the ladder in our barn and thinking I could use one hand to climb, I let go. I fell, and my head narrowly missed a concrete slab on the floor. My wrist almost broke instead and I simply had to wear a cast for a couple of weeks.
I always had my own ideas and quirks about getting things done a certain way, but then everybody has their ideas, its just a matter of whether or not they allow them to reach fruition.
Anways, back to the point…things seem to be more poignant and hard hitting after time passes.
And what is the point you’re wondering?
Persuasion, a slow eezing, a setting in of a lesson.

Let me put it another way:
“Why do we fall?”
“So we can learn to pick ourselves back up again.”

I may do the same stupid thing over and over again, friends and family may be annoyed with me, but sometimes lessons take time to learn, and soon all of those mistakes persuade us to look at our lives and make a change. But in the case of the ladder, I only needed to learn that lesson once.
I guess reverse psychology acts very much in the same way…

Either way persuasion is a powerful thing.

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