There is a simple solution to the Many wanting what One has. What is bass ackwards can be fixed by adopting the Universal Principle of One To Many.
Of all the responsibilities a parent has, probably the most important is how we “bend the twig” of our children. My parents understood the value of an education. So, at an early age, I have memories of Books.
Big books, little books, books with pictures, and those without. As a little guy I remember sitting next to Mom as she read my favorite stories. There was one about Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
More often, though, I asked to hear about the Little Red Hen. For some reason, I was intrigued by how a request for help could be denied by others in the community of the barnyard.
Many years later, I came to understand how anyone pursuing Success can make false friends and true enemies. Since that Universal Principle is table stakes in the game of life, let’s look at the lessons taught by Little Red Hen.
Opportunities Are Everywhere
What the lazy dog, sleepy cat, and noisy yellow duck stepped over unaware, the Little Red Hen noticed as seeds of opportunity. Because she was a true friend to the dog, cat, and noise making duck, the Little Red Hen offered to share her good fortune with them.
What the Little Red Hen received in return was noise from all three. The dog barked, the cat purred, and the duck continued to quack. In other words, talk is cheap. To produce anything of value, action is required.
Although, before taking action, the Little Red Hen invested thought into her Future. She probably asked herself, “What is the best use of these seeds of grain?” As she came to the answer, she drafted a Better Business Plan.
From the many options available, the Little Red Hen chose one. Her idea was One To Many.
If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me.
Surely, the seeds of grain scattered on the ground looked like chicken feed to the Little Red Hen. Right then and there, she could have enjoyed breakfast, and gone on about her day.
Yet, she chose to turn kernels of grain into bushels of harvest: One To Many. She adopted the Farmer Philosophy and planted the seeds. Before doing so, she asked her community of Dog, Cat, and Quackers if they wanted to help.
Nope — they were happy being lazy, a fur ball, and noisy. So, the Little Red Hen moved forward without them. She planted, tended, harvested, milled, and baked her way into the fond memories of many enthralled Children.
From one small opportunity many important lessons can be learned. Again, we have the concept of One To Many.
Can you imagine the static on the line of disrespect from the Dog, Cat, and Quackers?
Who do you think you are?! You’re a CHICKEN for Pete’s sake! No one even knows why you crossed the road. And, now, you’re taking on the role and responsibilities of Old McDonald?!
If you’ve grown up around chickens, you can also imagine that glassy-eyed blink and tip of her head to acknowledge their opinions. And, then, the Little Red Hen went on about her business of turning One To Many.
The politicians wring their hands while pontificating nonsense. Good citizens squeeze every last penny from the dollar they’re allowed to keep after taxes. And, still, the lazy bums on the couches with their clickers want more from the few, who choose to work.
Yes, work is a choice —just like happiness and success. In fact, the solution to homelessness, misery, and destruction is WORK. Everything else is vanity. By putting aside the Three Evil E’s (Ego, Expectation, and Emotion), joy is possible as a result of the Three-E Formula, which does require effort.
Yet, that four-letter word for effort, WORK is the secret to LIFE.
People should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor. I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work.Good Book
Things today are about like what they’ve always been. For every one Worker, there are three Loafers. From the story of the Little Red Hen, to the pulse of today’s Society, the many want to live off the efforts of one.
If there is to be a NEW solution to the OLD problem, it will begin with one and spread to many. In the words of Pogo, “I have seen the enemy and it is US.” The solution begins with us and can be summarized as One To Many.
Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.Good Book
Our people become happier, our infrastructure is improved, and our Families are united around the common theme One To Many.
And, the Little Red Hen? She has led by example. To share with many, one must care. That one must care enough about many to LOVE.
The greatest gift is a chosen, purposeful effort — often done in the face of fear — to nurture our own growth and the growth of others.
If you’ve ever seen a mother hen with her chicks, you understand how one can make a difference in the lives of many.
Simply, One To Many.