Many things can trigger anger, people lose their patience all the time, and this can happen over both because of important reasons as well as because of stupid things. You might feel as if your opinion does not matter, or your efforts weren’t appreciated, or you suffered an injustice and that is why you became angry. At certain times, it is acceptable to get angry, but one thing that you should always avoid doing, is cutting off your nose to spite your face, as that is not in your best interest, because you will be worse off than where you started. Sometimes you have to give a little to get a little. Life is about compromises, so don’t burn any bridges that you may need to cross again.
One of Aesop’s Fables, The Gardener and His Dog tells a story about being ungrateful and in this story a gardener’s dog that was playing around near the well in the garden, ended up losing his balance and he fell into the well. Hearing the splash and the dog barking, the gardener ran to his assistance, but failed to get the dog out by means of a rope and a bucket, so the gardener went down into the well to carry him up. Nobody likes the smell of a wet dog and this slippery animal kept on struggling with the gardener as he was taking him to safety and the ungrateful wretch bit his master’s hand. The gardener dropped the dog right back into the well again and remarked, “Why you little monster, that is no way to show your gratitude by biting the hand of your master. I have always treated you kindly, fed you when you were hungry and I went into this well to save your life, I guess it is my fault for trying to save someone who is determined to commit suicide. If you don’t want to drown then pull yourself out of the well, you unreasonable bastard.”
Written for Fandango’s February Expressions FFE Daily Adage – Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.