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You Don’t Have To #FridayReflections

You don’t have to be acknowledged all the time. Sometimes it’s a good idea to keep your mouth shut while someone else takes credit for your ideas, don’t you think?

You Don’t Have To

An old Indian story:

A talkative turtle overheard two hunters say that they were planning to catch turtles the very next day. When the hunters left, the turtle asked two cranes to help him escape. “Beautiful white birds,” he said, “if you hold a long stick between your beaks, I’ll close my mouth tightly in the middle of it, and then you can fly up and carry me to safety.”

“Good idea,” said the cranes. “But, for the plan to succeed, you will have to keep your mouth closed tightly on the stick and you must not say a word!” The turtle agreed and biting on the middle of a stick held in the beaks of two birds, off he was carried.

When the birds were high in the air with the turtle dangling down from the stick, some people on the ground looked up at the strange sight in the sky and said, “What clever birds! They figured out how to carry a turtle!”

The proud, talkative turtle cried out, “It was my idea!” and fell tumbling down to earth.


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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

6 Comments on “You Don’t Have To #FridayReflections

  1. Corinne, it’s a very beautiful example on the need for us to work silently without look for credit. I am a firm believe in, let your work speak for itself and something that I try doing. It can be tricky with the ego but sanity should prevail.

  2. Sometimes it’s beneficial to let someone else take the credit. This story depicts that so well. But it’s a hard thing to do.

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