The snake. The farmer. And the heron.

” A snake chased by hunters asked a farmer to save its life. To hide it from its pursuers, the farmer squatted and let the snake crawl into his belly. But when danger had passed and the farmer asked the snake to come out, the snake refused. It was warm and safe inside. On his way home, the man saw a heron and went up to him and whispered what had happened. The heron told him to squat and strain to eject the snake. When the snake snuck its head out, the heron caught it, pulled it out, and killed it. The farmer was worried that the snake’s poison might still be inside him, and the heron told him that the cure for snake poison was to cook and eat six white fowl. “You’re white fowl,” said the farmer. “You’ll do for a start.” He grabbed the heron, put it in a bag, and carried it home, where he hung it up while he told his wife what had happened. “I’m surprised at you,” said the wife. “The bird does you a kindness, rids you of the evil in your belly, saves your life in fact, yet you catch it and talk of killing it. She immediately released the heron, and it flew away. But on its way, it gouged out her eyes.”

This story can be interpreted in a few different ways: No good deed goes unpunished. Don’t put too much trust in friends.

While I still believe in being kind to others and helpful whenever you can be, I think it can teach some valuable lessons. Be smart about who/where you put your trust. Don’t rely too heavily on others to help you or save you. I think you should work on how to change your own circumstances. And be wise about your choices and decisions. There are always ripple effects and consequences. #ThoughtsOfAThinker

How do you interpret this story? What do you think can be learned from it?