A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a
bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.
Every word out of the bird's' mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with
profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by
consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything
else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.
Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot
yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even
more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird
and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked,
kicked, and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep
was heard for over a minute.
Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the
freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms
and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and
actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions
and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and
John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude.
As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change
in his behaviour, the bird spoke-up, very softly, “May I ask what the turkey did?”
Life is not about how hard you can hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.