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Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm. She was friends with a lazy dog, a sleepy cat, and a noisy yellow duck.

One day the little red hen found some seeds on the ground. The little red hen had an idea. She would plant the seeds.

The little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me plant the seeds?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Then I will," said the little red hen. So the little red hen planted the seeds all by herself.

When the seeds had grown, the little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me cut the wheat?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Then I will," said the little red hen. So the little red hen cut the wheat all by herself.

When all the wheat was cut, the little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me take the wheat to the mill to be ground into flour?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Then I will," said the little red hen. So the little red hen brought the wheat to the mill all by herself, ground the wheat into flour, and carried the heavy sack of flour back to the farm.

The tired little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me bake the bread?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Then I will," said the little red hen. So the little red hen baked the bread all by herself.

When the bread was finished, the tired little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me eat the bread?"

"I will," barked the lazy dog.
"I will," purred the sleepy cat.
"I will," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Yes!" said the little red hen. "You are all welcome to share." "I had fun planting, cutting, grinding and baking."

"Now I can also enjoy watching the fruits of my labour being used", and she did!

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Comment by Joanna Chaplin on March 5, 2010 at 2:23am
I really like your twist on the classic story. But I feel there's a big difference between the fruits of your labor being enjoyed by those who cannot help your labor, and those who can be are unwilling.
Comment by Greg Stevenson on March 5, 2010 at 3:04am
Fundamentally in the present they are both the same. Neither helped. You can't reverse time so neither can do anything about it now. You may like to motivate for the future, you can choose the stick. "You didn't help, therefore you don't get any" or the carrot, "I'll give you some if you help next time". Both are predicated by your sense of loss. (in this case your time which you only have a set amount of) If you however have enjoyed every second of the process you have already been compensated for your time. There is no sense of loss and no reason not to share with anyone. If you enjoy giving (sharing) and refuse to for any reason, you are diminishing your own enjoyment. If you give only so you can receive then it is worth practicing anonymous giving for that is a symptom of love. Practice makes perfect and who doesn't aspire to perfect love?

"For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi
Comment by Joanna Chaplin on March 5, 2010 at 12:06pm
It's more that when I give, I spend some of a complicated formula of time, energy, and hope. And when I feel that my work is not going to change very much, then I lose hope. I know that the effort is still good, but I get burnt out.
Comment by Greg Stevenson on March 5, 2010 at 6:37pm
We all feel like that at times. I try to remember "If I want change, first I must change". I am responsible. If others don't see what I see, I'm presenting it wrong. If I can't get movement, I'm not risking enough. If this leads to self-doubt I take heart that life is incredibly random and a gentler kinder vision of success is required.
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 19, 2010 at 6:28pm
Very nicely put, greg. I hope we can input compassion into the system too :)
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 19, 2010 at 6:28pm
+1 spark
Comment by Greg Stevenson on March 19, 2010 at 9:23pm
@John, as a teacher you will be one of the last groups to take the system I'm building on board. (Unless you are in large scale private education) It is designed to encompass it eventually but not for a few decades. Sorry. I have other ideas in the public education sector I have been pushing for a dozen years. I note from you tireless encouragement that you are indeed a good teacher. I hope you understand your true legacy in this world.

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