The Wind and the Sun, 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. 

One day, the wind and the sun got into a fight over who was stronger of the two. While they fought, unable to settle their dispute, a traveler appeared on the road. 

“Now I will prove that I’m right,” said the Wind. “Whichever one of us can get that coat off that man shall forever be deemed as the stronger. I know I shall win, so I’ll let you have the first turn.”

With that, the shining sun hid behind a cloud to think about its next move. Meanwhile the wind blew an icy blast. Blowing harder and harder, the traveler pulled his coat tighter.  Finally the wind seemed to give up in disgust. So, the sun came out from behind the clouds and began to shine upon the traveler with its full power. The traveler felt the warmth that was welcomed after the cold winds. As the traveler warmed up to the sunshine, he began to loosen his coat, ultimately taking it off altogether. Soon, he sat down under the shade of a tree, proving that the sun was certainly the stronger force.

The Moral of the Story: Persuasion is better than force.  

I’m @DianGriesel aka a perception analyst & strategist; creative attitude disrupter & adjuster; author of The Silver Disobedience Playbook & TurboCharged: The Silver Disobedience Edition; and the blogger & model known as @SilverDisobedience  More info on my websites (search my name) and at Wilhelmina Models. Silver Disobedience® is a Registered Trademark.