|photo from Morgufile|
I read an old Polish proverb on Facebook this morning, and it went like this:
"Not my circus, not my monkeys!"The Facebook meme included something about getting involved in other people's "stuff." It is good advice when it comes to sticking your nose in somebody's business or getting involved in other people's drama. Sometimes you get your nose cut off!
So, how do we reconcile this old Polish saying with a more recent American pop song, "He Ain't Heavy; He's My Brother!"
I get a lot of good-natured ribbing and a little constructive criticism from time to time about getting involved with other people's lives more than I should. My daughter thinks that this probably shouldn't always involve random people in stores, etc... My little cousin (Yes, she is little in size and stature, but not character as you see I quote her a lot!) thinks that perhaps I should not always try to get involved and "help and change" things myself but pray for people more. Of course, they have a point.
I guess it is not feasible to go around trying to adopt other people's monkeys all the time. And, it increases your stress factor when you assume liability and worry for a circus that is not your own. And, if we are honest, sometimes we try to take over a circus for which we are not qualified. I really know nothing about primates. (Alligators, yes.)
I do know bunches of stuff about dogs. The most important one is that you can't teach old dogs new tricks. My tombstone will probably look something like this:
P.S. Speaking of dogs,
You might want to read about my Granddog, Fenway, jumping in the creek.