It has been a cool morning and the sun is slowly rising over the side of the house, probably several hours after sunrise. The old man sits in his rocking chair contemplating his day. As he sits slowly rocking, he notices a young man sauntering along with his swag on his back. He walks with some purpose as he approaches this new destination in his journey. He has sighted the man sitting on the porch in his chair. The dog lazily lifts his head to see who is approaching and lets out a gentle woof to let his master of many years know someone is coming their way. By now the two men are about six feet apart. The stranger has stopped adjacent to the picket fence.
“Morning” says the younger fella as he takes in the scenery of the dog, the old man and his comfortably worn but solid rocking chair.
“Howdy, young man how ya doing?” replies the man on the porch. “You seem to have been walking a while. Ya a welcome to rest up on this ole step just here”.
As the young one takes the chance to rest his legs awhile, he asks the old timer “What are the people like in this town?”
Before answering the old man offers the young fella a drink of cool refreshing water. Without comment the young man accepts the water from the tank aside the house. Cool, revitalising and just what is needed to whet his throat. The old timer thinks for a moment or two then replies “How did you find the people in the town you left to come here?”
“They were rich of spirit, helpful, considerate, joyful, giving and caring. Everyone was included in all that happened. It was a great place and I was sorry to move on.” replied the young man.
“You will find them exactly the same in this town.” proudly quipped the older gentleman.
After some chit chat and a cool drink the young man thanks the old timer for his hospitality then takes his leave as he moves forward with his journey into the new town. The day meandered by as summer days do. The heat keeps everyone out of the sun. Little happens until the cool of the afternoon wafts across the township as people come out of their day long isolation. The afternoon sun is shining brightly on the rear of the house leaving the old man to rock comfortably in the late day breeze. He looks up from his afternoon sit to notice a figure of a man wandering into the town. This man has a different disposition to the man who wandered into his tranquillity this morning as he walked as though he kicked a rock as he walked. This stranger happens upon the old man rocking and gruffly barks “Hey stranger what are the people like in this town?”
“Howdy young man”. sprukes the old man rocking slowly in the breeze. “What were they like in the last town where you lived?” He waits quietly as the young man considers the question.
“Did not like them very much. They were cranky, bad mouthed, cussed a lot about each other. No one helped when life was tough. No one was willing to help with odd jobs. In fact, I found them particularly mean spirited. I’m pleased to see the end of them.” came his terse reply.
“Uhmn” says the old man thinking as he starts to speak “you will find them pretty much the same here.”
So you see the moral to this story is that your attitude dictates how you will be treated by others. When you show others respect and consideration you will receive the same in return. The story of the two people walking into town is a great analogy to MKMMA.