Aesop was a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in Greece between the years 620 and 560 BCE. His many fables have been passed on through the centuries and are still referred to today as they all convey a moral lesson.
This fable was shared with me via my friend and past personal fitness trainer, Tanya.
THE NORTH WIND AND THE SUN
The North Wind and the Sun had a quarrel about which of them was the stronger. While they were disputing with much heat and bluster, a Traveler passed along the road wrapped in a cloak.
“Let us agree,” said the Sun, “that he is the stronger who can strip the Traveler of his cloak”.
“Very well,” growled the North Wind, and at once sent a cold, howling blast against the Traveler.
With the first gust of wind the ends of the cloak whipped about the Traveler’s body. But he immediately wrapped it closely around him, and the harder the Wind blew, the tighter he held it to him. The North Wind tore angrily at the cloak, but all his efforts were in vain.
Then the Sun began to shine. At first his beams were gentle, and in a the pleasant warmth after the bitter cold of the North Wind, the Traveler unfastened his cloak and let it hang loosely from his shoulders.
The Sun’s rays grew warmer and warmer. The man took off his cap and mopped his brow. At last he became so heated that he pulled off his cloak, and, to escape the blazing sunshine, threw himself down in the welcome shade of a tree by the roadside.
The MORAL of this story “Gentleness and kind persuasion win where force and bluster fail.”
In other words, if you want to get something done approach it with calm. Going at something with a vengeance is not going to get you the results you want. Kind of like a “one step at a time” approach.