Friday, December 6, 2013


A Witty Story
Incoherent Ramblings of a Retired Mind

Here is an allegorical story which explains how you live your life.

Let me share it with you.

On the first day, God created the Dog and said to the Dog:

“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 20 years.”

The Dog said:

“That is a long time to be barking. How about only giving me a 10 years life span and I will give you back the other 10 years.”

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the Monkey and said to the Monkey:

“Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I will give you a 20 year life span.”

The Monkey said:

“Monkey tricks for 20 years? That is a pretty long time to perform tricks. How about giving me a 10 year life span and I will give you back 10 years like the Dog did.”

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the Cow and said to the Cow:

“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 60 years.”

The cow said:

“60 years? That is a very tough life you want me to live slaving for 60 long years. How about giving me a life span of 20 years and I will give you back 40 years.”

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created Man and said:

“Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I will give you a life span of 20 years.”

But the man was not satisfied, so the man said to God:

“Only 20 years life span for me? I want more.”

God was surprised. The others wanted shorter life spans but the man wanted more.

So God asked the Man:

“But how can I give you more years?”

The Man had his answer ready, so the Man said to God:

“You have already given me 20 years. Why don’t you give me the 40 years that the Cow returned to you, the 10 years the Monkey gave back and the 10 years the Dog gave back to you. So, 20 + 40 + 10 + 10 = 80 : that makes it 80 years. Why don’t you give me a life span of 80 years?”

The God looked at the Man and said:

“Okay. Take a life span of 80 years. But remember, you asked for it.”

So, that is how man spends his life.

For the first 20 years of your life you eat, sleep, play and enjoy yourself (like man was meant to do)

For the next 40 years you work and slave in the sun to support your family (like the cow was meant to do)

For the next 10 years you do monkey tricks to entertain your grandchildren (like the monkey was meant to do)
And for the last 10 years of your life you bark at everyone (like the dog was meant to do).

Dear Reader:

Life has now been explained to you.

Now you tell me:

Which stage of life are you in:

Stage 1: Enjoying life

Stage 2: Slogging it out at work

Stage 3: Doing monkey tricks

Stage 4: Barking at everyone around you

Well, as far as I am concerned, having recently “retired”, it looks like I am in Stage 3 of my life. 

And my wife says that I am already showing signs of Stage 4.


Have a nice weekend ahead.

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