Fable of the Month: Belling the Cat

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The Mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, something had to be done, for they lived in such constant fear of her claws that they hardly dared stir from their dens by night or day.

Many plans were discussed, but none of them was thought good enough. At last a very young Mouse got up and said:

"I have a plan that seems very simple, but I know it will be successful.

All we have to do is to hang a bell about the Cat's neck. When we hear the bell ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming."

All the Mice were much surprised that they had not thought of such a plan before. But in the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune, an old Mouse arose and said:

"I will say that the plan of the young Mouse is very good. But let me ask one question: Who will bell the Cat?"

Moral: It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it.

Nisha's Nugget:

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I absolutely love this fable. Why? It differentiates those that are serious about what they do and those that just talk about it. Creating change is very hard to do, whether it's in your community, the world, or yourself. However, with persistence and grit, the idea of changing things will seem like a small barrier. When I founded Aesop Technologies, I knew in my gut it wasn't going to be a simple task. A task of persuading a community of avid fossil fuel users that renewable technologies are the wave and resolution for future. It is quite apparent in some aspects that I came across some hurdles. Yet, I've made a lot of sacrifices to cross them and have done so successfully. Granted, I am not currently where I would like Aesop Technologies to be right at this moment, but we've made a name for ourselves to the point where people are watching and paying close attention to what we do.
If you're aspiring to do great things, just know that they will not be effortless. It will be the exact opposite. In spite of that, when you look back on the troubling and challenging times after standing on top of your invisible mountain, just know that you (and team) made it happen.

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