My Dog Can Walk on Water!
MidWeek Musings #216
Walking on Water
A young man lived on a farm with his family.
The family had a fantastic dog that would go down to the pond for hours every day in the spring and summer and practice retrieving various objects.
The boy wanted to prepare the dog for the duck season and prepared for the various scenario that may come up. He wanted his dog to be the greatest hunting dog in the county, so he planned. So, the boy and the dog trained vigorously every day for months.
As fall and winter arrived and duck season rolled in, the youngster and his dog were eager to return to their usual place near their home at the pond. Shortly after they reached the pond, they were able to strike a duck that fell right in the middle of the pond.
The boy signalled to retrieve the hunt, and the dog charged toward the duck. However, instead of swimming as it had practised, the dog walked on the water’s surface and retrieved the duck before returning to the youngster.
The boy was astounded.
His dog’s extraordinary ability to walk on water was like magic. However, the boy knew that no one would believe what he had just seen, so he needed someone else to come down and see it for themselves.
The youngster went to a local farmer’s property and inquired if he would hunt with him the next day. The neighbour agreed, and they met up the following morning at his usual spot by the pond.
The boy and his friend waited for a flock of ducks to fly overhead, and, as soon as they heard them approaching, the boy advised the neighbour to go ahead and take a shot. The neighbour was able to strike a duck. The boy signalled the dog to fetch the duck.
Once again, the dog miraculously walked on water and retrieved the duck.
The boy could hardly contain his joy and asked the neighbour,
” Did you see that? Wasn’t that amazing? What do you think ?”
The neighbour took a deep breath and responded,”
“I didn’t want to mention it, but your dog has no idea how to swim.”
The kid was in disbelief as his neighbour pointed at a possible fault of the dog rather than recognizing that what he’d just done was a miracle.
Moral: People can be hesitant to credit others for their talents or achievements because they don’t feel they can not accomplish and reach similar heights of success. Don’t be discouraged by this. Simply move on and keep working on developing yourself. Being successful entails keeping a good attitude.
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