The Widow and the Hen, a tale by Aesop, a Greek slave who lived some 2,500 years ago is still timeless today. I have several collections 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 poor widow living alone in the country kept a faithful hen. Each morning like clockwork, the hen laid a big brown egg, which the woman promptly enjoyed for breakfast.
One day the widow thought to herself: “Now if I were to double my hen’s feeding allowance of barley, she would lay me two eggs a day instead of one.”
So, she started feeding her biddy hen a double measure of grains. Soon the hen began to grow fat, and, the widow thought it was also getting a bit lazy. It wasn’t too long before the hen stopped laying eggs altogether.
The Moral of the Story: Set boundaries on desires, for greed can make us risk losing what we had — and it won’t make a hen lay more eggs either.
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