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Three Zebras and an Ass February 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Word Play.

IMGP2754bThree zebras wandered a dirt road enjoying the day, convivial conversation alternating with companionable silence.

An enormous ass ambled over to them and began to bray.  Loudly.

The ass, delighted to have an audience for his grievances, complained about the weather, the surface of the road, the cost of carrots, his mother-in-law’s tongue, the state of the barn . . .

As the ass dumped his ponderous pile of dung at the zebras’ hooves, the zebras did their best to cheer him up.

To no avail.

No matter what the zebras said, the ass insisted that HIS view of the world was the right view of the world.

Zion smiled, “At times, we must choose between being right and being happy.”

“Poppycock!  I’m happy BECAUSE I’m right!  It just annoys me when people are rude and don’t apologize for being boorish.  Why just the other day . . .  ”

With that, the ass launched another stale tale.

Ziggy grinned, “We see the world behind our eyes.”

The ass snorted, “What utter nonsense!  I see things exactly as they are.”

Zodiac pricked up his ears, “I expect you’re right . . . most asses do see things exactly as they are.”

Satisfied, the ass ambled off in search of another audience.  As soon as he was out of sight, the zebras burst into fits of convulsive laughter.

“What an ass!”


Aah . . . that’s better!


1. nrhatch - February 21, 2019

I’m busy with Bridge this week . . . so I’m sharing a post I wrote 6 years ago that will be new to most of you.

2. Ally Bean - February 21, 2019

One of my favorite questions is: do I want to be right or do I want to be happy? I usually choose happy, btw. But I can say for certain that I don’t want to be an ass. Of that I’m sure.

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

Great question to ask, Ally.

I also ask, “will this thought add to my happiness?” Many times, our thoughts are neither productive nor happiness producing.

3. L. Marie - February 21, 2019

You’re right! It’s new to me, Nancy! 😁

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

Yay! A “spam commenter” brought this post to my attention this morning. I decided to do a quick repost before heading out the door to learn about “Penalty Doubles.”

4. Jill Weatherholt - February 21, 2019

Six years? Geesh! I’m pretty sure I remember this, Nancy. Classic!

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

I am often amazed at the passage of time ~ I remember writing this post using the bottom photo as the prompt. It’s hard to believe that was in 2013!

Jill Weatherholt - February 21, 2019

I remembered that photo, too! 🙂

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

That photo has made a few appearances . . . it cracks me up!

5. Tippy Gnu - February 21, 2019

There’s a lesson in this tale. Has someone you know been behaving like an ass lately?

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

No extreme examples this week, TG (excluding certain politicians, of course).

On that note, did you see Baldwin’s impression of Trump’s “state of emergency” on SNL. Classic!

Tippy Gnu - February 21, 2019

And now Trump wants retribution. Baldwin sure can get under his skin.

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

When my brothers got under my skin, my mother advised me to ignore them ~> “they’ll stop if you don’t let them bother you.”

Trump’s advisors should reiterate that message to him . . . about 7 times every hour!

6. colonialist - February 21, 2019

Talk about asinine — that one rated at least asitwenty!

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

Haha! You often cause me to pause
And consider a word’s back story

Take, for example, asinine . . . which dates back to the late 15th century (asininus) . . . with the same meaning as today!

In short, people have put up with asses for 500+ years!

colonialist - February 21, 2019

Sad that asses have increased in intelligence whereas people haven’t!

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

You got that right, Col!

7. anotherday2paradise - February 21, 2019

Definitely worth reposting, Nancy. I would love to hear a zebra laugh. 😃

nrhatch - February 21, 2019

I bet they snicker . . . like Muttley!

8. Behind the Story - February 22, 2019

It’s new to me. A nice bit of advice from the zebras. Sounds a bit like your philosophy.

nrhatch - February 22, 2019

Very much my philosophy.

We see the world behind our eyes and it flavors our perception and perspective. For the good. Or not.

9. joyroses13 - February 22, 2019

Zebras are quite wise! 🙂 And they love to laugh, I knew I loved zebras for a reason! 🙂

nrhatch - February 22, 2019

We have a whole dazzle of zebras living with us ~ mostly in paintings, prints, and photos . . . but a few in 3D.

They add to my zen.

joyroses13 - February 22, 2019

Cool! 🙂

10. Debra - February 24, 2019

Excellent “true story,” Nancy! I know a few of those asses, sadly! 🙂

nrhatch - February 25, 2019

Best to keep your distance, Debra! 🙄

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