The Pig and The Horse
There was a farmer who had many horses and a pig. One day, one horse became very ill so the farmer called a veterinarian to come and look at him.
When the vet arrived and after an extensive examination of the horse, he told the farmer, "Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I'll come back then and if he's not better we'll have to put him down."
The pig was nearby and heard the conversation so the next day, he observed as the farmer gave the horse the medicine then left.
The pig approached the horse and said, "Be strong, my friend. Get up or they're going to put you to sleep."
On the second day, the farmer gave the horse the medicine again and left. Again, the pig came and told the horse, "Come on buddy, get up or else you're going to die! Come on, I'll help you get up. Let's go! One, two three..."
The horse struggled to get up but only made it to it's knees and fell back over onto the ground.
On the third day, the vet arrived and walked with the farmer to give the horse his medicine. The horse laid still. Then the vet said, "Unfortunately, we're going to have to put him down tomorrow, otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses." The vet and farmer then left together.
When they left, the pig approached the horse again and said, "Listen, pal, it's now or never! Get up! Come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up!" the pig began nudging at the horse with encouragement.
Slowly the horse stood up but was a little wobbly. "That's it! Great! You did it!" said the pig excitedly. "Now run! Run!" The horse began to gallop around the yard. "Faster! Faster! Fantastic. Keep running! Faster and faster." the pig was ecstatic. "Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it! You're a champion!"
The horse ran as fast as he could until night came and he went to sleep.
The next day the vet again arrived. The farmer and the vet went to where the horse was suppose to be. But as they approached the barn the farmer noticed the horse running in the field and began shouting, "It's a miracle! My horse is cured! We must have a grand celebration! Let's go kill the pig!"
The lesson: This often happens in the workplace. Nobody truly knows which employee actually derserves recogniton or who's actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen. But remember... Learning to live without recognition is a skill!!!!
If anybody ever tells you that your work is unprofessional, remember....
Amateur's built the Ark (which saved all the species God created) and professionals built the Titantic (which most died tragically when it sank).
Don't look to become a person of success... Look to become a person with values!!!
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!