Chicken Coop, Motivation, Creativity, Advice, Attitude, Grandfather, Rooster, Hens.
Ted Borgeas, (DPM) Author, Doctor
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Story “From the Chicken Coop”™ Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small
farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect
fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval.
When he came looking for me I jumped with joy, but he saw tears in my eyes and
noticed that I was in an adjacent empty chicken coop, which could be entered
only through the same door as the occupied coop.
When he noticed my distress and asked,
“What was wrong?” I told him tearfully, “that nasty rooster, who was now
docile, in my grandfather's presence, came pecking after me and all the hens
started cackling, which scared me, and I ran into the next coop for safety.”
He took me by my hand and we walked right by the now quiet nasty rooster and
comfortable nesting hens. We sat under the apple tree, and he related the
following story. "Did you notice how that rooster and hens behaved when
I came in? Totally different than when you first came in." I shouted, “The
rooster and hens seemed to pounce on me.”
grandfather then said, "That’s a new rooster the neighbor gave me. All
your life you are going to come across people who will act like that rooster and
hens. Only in different ways! It’s natural for that rooster to protect his
coop and his hens. The rooster is the leader and the hen’s followers. Same
with people! It doesn’t matter whether they are men or women. There will
always be people who will try to lead your life and if you let them, you will
become like the hens."
"But to be the leader, you have to
first be able to lead your own life and be the rooster of your actions.
You can be like the rooster leading the hens, only they will be people. Most of
us in life are followers, like the hens and some stay hidden in their own
chicken coops, like you did."
"That doesn’t mean that the rooster in
us is bad or nasty, like the one you just experienced, that’s just the way
some people naturally are, at least in their own minds. But did you notice the
respect and the way he quieted down when I came in? He saw me in his
perception as a bigger, stronger and probably smarter rooster than he is. Which
I am and so are you. But you didn’t think or believe it strong enough for
him to perceive it. Next time before you walk in, believe that that rooster is
just a tiny, sweet chirping chick, and those hens are laying beautiful golden
eggs, that we can have for breakfast."
Then he did the smartest move and
took me back to the chicken coop, walked away and said "now go in and
pick those golden eggs for breakfast." Strange, even while I was still
scared I boldly walked into the chicken coop, ignored the rooster and picked up
our golden eggs for breakfast. As we ate breakfast, he chuckled "don’t
you ever forget," as he whimsically smiled at my grandmother, "that
you will always meet the roosters and hens in your life. But it’s the rooster
in you and all of us that separates you from the he and she hens! And will keep
you “From the Chicken Coop”™.
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