The Monkey and The Lion

In a very large jungle, live a monkey and a lion.

They are quite a pair, they are.


The monkey is always getting in the lion’s way,

With his antics and his play.


Try as he might to stay out of the lion’s way,

The monkey fails.


The lion is a friendly sort and feels sorry for the monkey.

He knows it is not a good thing to feel like a failure all the time.


After all, the monkey is just being a monkey

And doing what monkey’s do.


The lion decided to teach the monkey that he is not failing.

He does what he does because he is who he is.


How would he ever convince him?

How could he show the monkey that being himself is okay?


“Ahhh Haa! A plan have I,” said the lion as he roars out his delight.

“I’ll let him see the monkey in me. He knows I never fail.”


The monkey will see the “monkey” in me

And realize the “lion” in him.


The monkey and the lion live in a very large jungle.

They are quite a pair, they are.


The moral of the story: be yourself. There is a bit of monkey and lion in all of us.



Copyright © 2011 LeRoy Dean All Rights Reserved

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Things We Do And Say and Feel

My high school English teacher told me, “English would never be my first language.”

 In school, some kids made the “honor roll,” I made the “parole roll.”

 The other day, someone asked me, “Why the book I never wrote had blank pages.”

 Growing up, my sister used to tell everybody, “She was an only child.”

 I went to take my first driving test at sixteen and showed up “without a car.”

 I was looking for my glasses once; finally found them…on my face. (dumb)

 When I was in school, I was too shy to be a wallflower…”I was the wall.”

 Things we do and say and feel.

 We all have our moments.

Hopefully, through it all…

 We learn not to take “ourselves” too seriously,

 We learn to laugh at ourselves.

 These lessons in life make all the difference.

 Learn to smile…at yourself.


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