Belling the Cat from Aesop’s Fables

Long  ago, the mice had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a proposal to make, which he thought would meet the case. “You will all agree,” said he, “that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous manner in which the enemy approaches us. Now, if we could receive some signal of her approach, we could easily escape from her. I venture, therefore, to propose that a small bell be procured, and attached by a ribbon round the neck of the Cat. By this means we should always know when she was about, and could easily retire while she was in the neighborhood.”

This proposal met with general applause, until an old mouse got up and said: “That is all very well, but who is to bell the Cat?” The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke. Then the old mouse said: “It is easy to propose impossible remedies.”

But what if the mice had decided to form a team to develop a plan for belling the cat? The team could include one mouse who liked facts and the instinctive way mice gather and share information. Another mouse would be great at follow thru, the instinctive way mice arrange and design. A third mouse would be a quick start and deal with risk and uncertainty in an instinctive way. And a fourth mouse would be the implementor, the  one who is adept at the instinctive way mice handle space and tangibles.

 

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About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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2 Responses to Belling the Cat from Aesop’s Fables

  1. The theme at Toastmasters today is Aesop’s Fables. How did you know that? I’m going to use this fable as part of my inspirational thought. Thanks so much.

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  2. janiel says:

    youre story is beautiful

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