The fresh mountain air, and the seemingly endless stream of free activities to enjoy in nature, reminds me of one of Aesop’s fables about enjoying the simple things in life and treasuring the things you have been given. “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” is a story about a big city mouse, who goes to visit his cousin in the country. The city mouse is dissatisfied with the simplicity of country life, so he brings his cousin to the city in order to give him a taste of the high life. After a run in with the dangers of the city, the country mouse decides he would rather keep his simple rural life over the pomp of the city. One of this stories main themes is to be content with your surroundings, and this theme is shown by both mice in the tale. The city mouse was unhappy with the country even though he was only visiting, if he had a more open mind about his environment he would have definitely seen past the simplicity and enjoyed his stay with family. The country mouse wasn’t exactly upset about the country life, but he did expect the “grass to be greener” in the city, so he jumped at the chance to experience the high life, and was quickly reminded of the safe simplicity of his home. Whenever I leave my home for a while or even move to a new place, I try to make sure I enjoy my surroundings to the fullest while keeping in mind the benefits of my origins. As I stand in the this rural camp, I am enjoying the wildlife and the scenery, but I know at heart I will always be a “city boy,” and as long as I have the ability to travel, I will always take time to enjoy where I am without losing sight of the joys of home.
The Tortoise and the Hare is one of Aesop’s famous fables about a race between a rabbit and a turtle, and it’s unexpected outcome. In the fable, the Tortoise is fed up with the cocky ramblings of the Hare, so in his attempts to humble the Hare he unwittingly accepts a challenge to a race. During the race the Hare decides to eat a meal, and take a couple of naps before he realizes the Tortoise was almost at the finish line. The Tortoise ends up winning the race and silently smiles as he knows that he succeeded in humbling the Hare. There are many varying interpretations of this story, but in my opinion, the best lesson of this fable is to not allow your talents to get ahead of you. By stating keeping talents from getting ahead of you, I mean don’t get too confident in your skills, since someone will always work harder to succeed at the same art. The Hare felt as though he was the fastest creature on the planet, and while he may have been, he did not have the determination and desire necessary to allow his talents to take flight. This story is timeless because it can be equated to just about any life situation. There will always be things that you may not excel in, but if hard work is put forth and care is given you may find yourself surpassing the “Hares” in your life.