Good stuff from the book "Chazown"

....A bird was flying south for the winter and got caught in a snowstorm. As snow landed on his tiny wings, it melted slightly, then froze quickly, causing the bird to fall to the ground. As he sat helpless and shivering, encased in ice, the bird thought to himself-this is the end.

To make matters worse, a cow wandered towards the freezing bird and-wouldn't you know it?- deposited a stinking pile of manure on top of the bird. The bird panicked, horrified at the thought that he was going to freeze to death, covered in manure. But slowly the warmth of the manure caused the bird to thaw out. He fluttered his newly freed wings and began to chirp with joy! That's when a cat, drawn by the chirping, ran over, dug out the bird and ate him.....

This story of courage and calamity teaches three very important lessons....

  • Not everyone who drops manure on you is your enemy.
  • Not everyone who digs you out of manure is your friend.
  • When you are in manure, keep your mouth shut!


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