This is a rather old story, I suppose, and it was told the
other day during dinner. As the story went on, I kind of figured out the moral.
There were once a father and daughter who own a donkey. One
day they were travelling downtown with the donkey. As they led the donkey down
the path, they met a stranger. The stranger went, “How stupid are you not to
ride on the donkey! You’re just wasting it away.”
After listening to what the stranger said, the father
decided to let his daughter ride on the donkey. He carried her onto the donkey
and they carried on their journey.
As they went down the path again, they met a lady, and she
exclaimed to the little girl, “How unfilial of you to let your father walk,
while you enjoy the ride on the donkey’s back!” Upon hearing that, the daughter
got off and let his father ride on the donkey.
Once again, they journeyed down the path, and this time,
they met an old man. “Oh, what poor little thing!” he said to the little girl
as he went forward to reach for her hand. “Your father knows nothing about
caring for you!” The father immediately pulled his daughter onto the donkey and
Now, with both the father and daughter on the donkey, they
travelled down the path effortlessly. That was when they met another stranger
saying, “Oh my! Poor little donkey! How can they both ride on you?” So both the
father and daughter got off the donkey.
No matter what you do, there will be someone who has
something to say. It is impossible to please everyone on earth, or even just
everyone you know. So just do whatever make you happy. When you do so, the
right people will come to you eventually.
= For there are so many people in the world, and you cant
possibly please them all. =