The Fishermen’s Wives
Once there were three fishermen’s wives who begrudgingly enjoyed spending time at the fish market selling the catch their husbands brought in every day.
The three wives loved to sit and complain about their stinkin‘ lives, and about how they had nothing to do but go to the fish market every day to sell fish to hobs and snobs who barely acknowledged their existence.
You see, they were miserable, whiny ladies and we know that misery loves company.
One day, an elegant lady appeared at the market.
She was warm and friendly and spoke nicely to the three wives, thanking them profusely for their services. The three women were taken aback because this was not the typical way the customers treated them.
Before the lady left with her huge purchase of fish, the women, out of curiosity, asked her what she did for a living.
“I run a Bed and Breakfast for weary travelers and I always make sure they get the freshest foods.” said Lady M.
The lady’s eyes lit up as they wondered out loud what it must be like to spend a night in a luxury Bed and Breakfast.
“Oh, I put fresh flowers on the mantle, draw warm baths for my guests, and feed them freshly made meals.”
“Would you like to spend a night?” Lady M asked the three ladies.
“Oh YES!” The three fishermen’s wives shouted in unison.
A date was set and on that day, the three women headed over to the B & B. As promised, they were welcomed warmly, pampered and fed the freshest foods.
They enjoyed the best Lady M had to offer, and when they were exhausted at the end of the evening, they retired to a beautiful suite with fresh flowers and scented sheets.
They settled in for the night. But, one woman started to toss and turn and, soon, the other two joined her. A conversation ensued.
“Those flowers smell too sweet. They are making me sick!” said one woman.
“The lavender on the sheets is giving me a headache!” added another.
“Oh, the softness of the pillows and blankets are making me feel bad “… a third chimed in.
As the whining escalated, they all agreed this lifestyle was not for them. They agreed to sneak into the kitchen and look for some fresh fish and off they went.
Soon they found some containers of fresh fish and, gathering them together, they headed back to the room where they strew the fish all over the suite.
Soon the whole suite stank of warm and rotting fish.
“Ha!” one of the three wives said, as they settled in again for the night.
“Stinky fish smell is perfect for us… this is exactly how our lives should be!”
They fell fast asleep as the pungent aroma spread through the B & B, waking up all the other guests, who quickly gathered their things and fled the establishment.
Needless to say, once the lady owner found out the source of the stench, the three wives were never invited back again.
Is this your approach to life and opportunities…
What Can We Learn From This Story?
*To live our lives with more compassion for ourselves and others.
*Sometimes our thinking may be just a tad distorted.
*To separate our thoughts from our emotions.
*Our map of the world is not the territory.
*Be willing to put our circumstances in a perspective that is neither harsh nor extreme.
“Every day we all need a checkup from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ and hardening of the attitudes.” Zig Ziglar