Timothy is a writer and artist who enjoys writing poetry, stories and articles. Timothy earned his BS in psychology from Albright College
A Story For All Times
Do you remember the story of The Three Little Pigs? I’m sure most of you do. It is a tale of three pigs who had a run in with the big bad wolf. However, did you know If you look closely at the story there are moral lessons which can be learned from those three little bovines? Here are just three of the many lessons we can learn if only we dig a little deeper into the story.
Always be prepared for what you know is coming.
Even though the three little pigs had been plagued by the big bad wolf before they seem ill prepared for his eventual arrival. The better course of action would have been for the pigs to have already built a secure abode in which to hide.
The same is true of us, there are many times we know what is coming but still we wait until the last moment to prepare. The we are overwhelmed by the trial at hand. The better course of action would be to look more closely at the storm coming our way and then set in motion a better course of action for ourselves. in this way we will be prepared to weather the storm and come out okay on the other side.
A quick fix is never the answer.
Since the three little pigs, didn't prepare for what was coming they had to resort to a quick fix to solve their problem. They hastily threw up a house a house of straw, sticks and bricks. While the brick house did hold up to wolf's big blow it would have been far better if they had built a better brick house ahead of time.
There are times in our life when we try to quickly fix the problems at hand. The problem with quick fixes however is that most times the problem is still there and sooner or later it will come back worse then the first time. The answer to any problem is to take the time to create a long term solution. In the this way the problem is solved for good.
Working together is far better then working alone.
The three little pigs each went their own way to hurriedly construct their houses. Two houses did not stand up to the wolf's foul breath, the third held up to the wolf stale breath. Once again it would have been better if the pigs would have worked together to build a house big enough for all three. This way the three little pigs would have been safe from the beginning. The big bad wolf would have left in a huff and the ordeal would have been over.
The same is true of us. We shouldn't look for a quick fix to life's problems. Instead we should take the time to make sure everything is thoroughly planned out and investigated so we can avoid any problems to misadventures. Sure faith can carry us through a lot but we still need to be prepared.
Never build your house out of straw or sticks when bricks are available.
The other two pigs would have done well to listen to the wisdom of the third little pig who built his house on a firm foundation out of solid building materials. The sad truth is they sought their own wisdom and ended up almost being eaten.
Many times we live our lives like three little pigs. We listen to our own wisdom instead of seeking out the advice of another. In the end we make costly mistakes which almost become our downfall. In short we build our house of straws or sticks. Maybe it is some financial or business decision. Or maybe it is something personal. Whatever the decision you making the key to success is to build all your decisions on a solid foundation and the rest with bricks.
These are just four of the life lessons to be learned from the story of the Three Little Pigs. There are more. My suggestion to you is when you read the story the next time to look more closely at the details. I didn't even get into the role of the Big Bad Wolf and his desire to have the three little pigs as a meal.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Timothy Whitt
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 17, 2012:
Stellar and superior use of symbolism comparing this well-known child's story with they way we handle our lives today! Great job.