What We Can Learn from “The Angry Old Woman”
Since young, I have been fascinated by this children storybook “The Angry Old Woman” & would laugh at the story plot. But if we think deeper into this story, there are actually many valuable lessons we can learn from it.
Story of “The Angry Old Woman”
Once there lived an angry old woman.
On Monday, a cow mooed at her door. The angry old woman said, “Go Away!”
On Tuesday, a pig grunted at her door. The angry old woman said, “Go Away!”
On Wednesday, a bird chirped at her door. The angry old woman said, “Go Away!”
On Thursday, a cat purred at her door. The angry old woman said, “Go Away!”
On Friday, a dog barked at her door. The angry old woman said, “Go Away!”
On Saturday, a mouse squeaked at her door. The angry old woman said, “Go Away!”
On Sunday, a fireman shouted at her door. The angry old woman said, “Go Away!”
The terrified old woman shouted, “Don’t go away! Please, don’t go away!”
Lesson 1: Be open-minded & receptive
Don’t reject everything / everyone for the sake of rejecting. Be open to new opportunities or people that come your way – they might do you more good than harm.
Assess the situation yourself before saying “NO” or “Go Away!”. Who knows you might be rejecting a source of help that you badly need.
Refer to my previous blog post on “How to Be a Good Receiver” for more ways to open up.
Lesson 2: Quit The SelfPity
We all have our own crosses to bear & have a fair share of problems.
Don’t expect others to fully understand your issues because they never will. You will remain angry if others do not behave in a way you expect them to.
Living with sicknesses / disabilities is not pitiful at all, giving up your hope & blaming the world for your plight is. Look at people like Nick Vujucic – he is living life passionately though he was born without limbs.
If you feel that you are pitiful, look around you – there are people who are in a worser state than you. So brace yourself up and press on!
Lesson 3: Don’t Expect Anything
The world doesn’t owe you a living. Snap out of your self-delusion & stop throwing tantrums like a kid when you do not get what you want.
Quit finding excuses for yourself – one does not get out of a shit hole by complaining, do something about tit & climb out of it YOURSELF!
Lesson 4: Practice Gratitude
A grateful person will never complain & feel resentful against the world.
Read my previous blog post on the “10 Compelling Reasons to Practice Gratitude” & start being thankful every single morning you open your eyes.
Lesson 5: Learn to FEEL
“I will give you a new heart & put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone & give you a heart of flesh.” ~ Ezekiel 36:26
Most of the times, we get too focused on our own issues to realise what is in our surroundings.
If we pay more attention to the people & things around us, we will then become more empathetic towards others & make this world a better place to live it.
What Do You Learn From “The Angry Old Woman”?
The above are 5 lessons learnt based on my interpretation of “The Angry Old Woman”.
Do you have further insights that you want to share? Let me know in the comment box below!
P.S. Grab Your Gratitude Workbook to turn each day into a day of thanksgiving over here.
To A Victorious You