I Hate it When…

[nonsensical babbling] I want something I can’t have. But then, that begs the question of whether, if I had it, I would still want it as much — or even at all? Would obtaining* the thing that I want make me happy? I should say, “happier,” since I feel fairly happy now. Except for this one thing. That I can’t have.

You know? [/nonsensical babbling]

My dilemma reminds me of that old Aesop’s fable.

* This is such a poor choice of words here that it’s really not even funny. I can’t obtain it, I can only achieve it. Well, I actually CAN’T, since my inability to have/achieve/obtain it is what I’m whining about. But you get my point.

The Dog and the Reflection

It happened that a Dog had got a bone and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook. As he crossed, he looked down and saw his own reflection in the water beneath.

Thinking it was another dog with another bone, he made up his mind to have that also. So he made a snap at the reflection in the water, but as he opened his mouth, out dropped the bone, into the water, never to be seen again.

The moral of this fable is: You may lose what you have by grasping for more.

But this flies in the face of everything my mother ever taught me, which, in a nutshell, is:


So while Aesop’s lesson might well be taken to heart during a game of poker, how well does it pan out in real life?

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