I wanted to post today's Toon Tuesday this morning, cuz later today is my biopsy, and I might feel grumpier then, LOL!
The illustrations are black and white 18th century woodcuts that I had fun coloring. The story... I am to blame for that, LOL!
The Farmer & The Rabbit
There once was a Farmer who decided to raise carrots.
All winter long, he looked at the luscious seed catalogs, and dreamed of his big crop. The snow finally thawed and the weather warmed up. Spring arrived, birds sang, and the earth was bursting with new life.
As spring turned to summer, The Farmer visited his fields every day, checking the progress of his precious crop of carrots. Day after day, he repeated his routine.
Summer was fading into Fall, and STILL he saw no results!
He was exasperated.
He was disappointed.
He was angry.
And... he was confused.
What was wrong?? He was eager to reap his bounty... but there was no bounty to reap!!
Out of the corner of his eye, he caught a flash of movement. A rabbit!
Aha!! Now he knew who to blame for his lack of a crop. He grabbed his shotgun and sprinted toward the rabbit, finally cornering him at the edge of the field.
"Why do you want to hurt me?" asked Mr Rabbit, trembling in fear.
"You stole my carrots!" thundered The Farmer.
"Please, good sir," pleaded Mr Rabbit, "show mercy on me. I am innocent."
The Farmer, his eyes narrowed in suspicion, growled: "Then how do you explain where all my carrots went?"
Mr Rabbit bravely hopped closer to The Farmer. Quietly he said: "I have lived here all of my life. Yet never did I see you sow a crop of carrots. All rabbits know this truth, good sir... that you reap what you sow."
Stunned, The Farmer lowered his shotgun, realization dawning on him, as the brave little Rabbit hopped away.
The moral of the story, boys and girls in weight loss blogland, is that the time to prepare is not when trouble hits, when temptation strikes, when pressures mount.
The sowing of the seeds is better done ahead of time, day afer day, consistently planting seeds into our minds.
- Seeds of Truth
- Seeds of Determination
- Seeds of Hope
- Seeds of Commitment
- Seeds of Purpose
- Seeds of Self-honesty
Every good little choice along the way will add up, and yield a bigger harvest later.
Even when we didn't realize it... when we didn't feel it... those seeds were growing under the surface, quietly doing their work. Quietly changing us.
Then, later, we can reap a harvest from all our hard work. It will BE there when we need it, with deep, strong roots. We can gather what we need, to see us through.
Aren't rabbits smart?!
From Dr Phil's book: "You must get in touch with your thoughts and feelings and why you're having them."
My verse for today: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
My quote for today: "I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit. "No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it along the way." --Winnie the Pooh
Enjoy the Journey,