Hercules and the Wagoner, a tale by Aesop, a Greek slave who lived some 2,500 years ago is still timeless today.  I have several collections of Aesop’s tales and I’ll be sharing some of my favorites over the next few days. I hope you enjoy thinking about them as much as I do. ✨ 

A wagon driver was carelessly taking a shortcut and driving his wagon along a muddy path instead of the roadway when the wheels became stuck in the clay. Suddenly his horses could no longer pull the loaded wagon as it was stuck in the muck.

The wagoner got down off his seat and without putting in any effort whatsoever to extricate the cart from the muddy earth, he began to pray for Hercules, the Greek god of strength, to come and help him out of his trouble.

But Hercules, annoyed by the man’s helpless attitude, called down from above, shaking the sky’s saying: “Get up from your knees, lazybones, and put your effort into digging out those wheels!”

The Moral of the Story:  God helps those who help themselves.  

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