A hungry Fox saw some fine bunches of grapes hanging from a vine that was trained along a high trellis, and did his best to reach them by jumping as high as he could into the air.
But it was all in vain, for they were just out of reach: so he gave up trying, and walked away with an air of dignity and unconcern, remarking “I thought those Grapes were ripe, but I see now they are quite sour.”
-From Aesop’s Fables
How often do we fool ourselves? Into thinking we don’t want something. Into thinking we do want something. Into thinking we can’t achieve something.
When you stop. And reflect. And contemplate. And really look at your life. Maybe through meditation. Are you being honest with yourself? Are you being genuine? Are there habits that you wish you could quit, if you only knew how? Are there goals still unattained? Have you given up trying? Are you pretending you don’t want it after all?
So many things have come together for me this month. Including seeing The Iceman Cometh. Maybe that most of all. To see the portrayal of this very fable played out in Harry Hope’s Saloon.
Perhaps the grapes aren’t sour after all. I can admit that now.