A friend of mine forwarded the piece below LIFE EXPLAINED by email.
Let me share it with you:
On the first day, God created the dog and said:
'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at
anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I
will give you a life span of twenty years.'
The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking.
How about only ten years and I'll give you back
the other ten?'
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this,
I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'
The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a
pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten
like the Dog did?'
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said:
'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and
suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support
the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'
The cow said: 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live
for sixty years... How about twenty and I'll give back the other
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created man and said:
'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll
give you twenty years.'
But the man said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly
give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the
monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes
'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'
So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play
and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the
sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do
monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the
last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.
So tell me dear reader, which stage of life are you on - enjoying life, slogging it out at work, doing monkey tricks or barking at everyone around you?