Are You The Sun or The Wind?


“Only you and I can help the sun rise each coming morning.  If we don’t it may drench itself out in sorrow” Joan Baez, American Folksinger, Songwriter and Civil Rights Activist.  1941 – 

‘Once upon a time the wind and the sun challenged one another to a competition. They spotted a man walking down the road wearing a heavy overcoat. The winner, they decided would be whichever one of them could get him to take his coat off quickest. The wind went first, it blew and it blew and it blew but he only clutched it more tightly to himself.

The wind

The wind attempts to strip the traveler of his cloak,

While the wind rested, the sun gently sent his beams out upon the traveler. The sun merely quietly shone upon the man’s head and back until he became so warm that he took off his coat and headed for a shade tree nearby.’

The sun

The sun strips the traveler of his cloak

This classic Aesop fable tells us we can accomplish far more with warmth, support and consistent kindness, than we can through conflict, confrontation and assertive intervention. You may be under pressure now, but you have more time than you think. It’s still perfectly possible to go gently.

So what will you be today – the sun or the wind?

More than 200 fables are attributed to  Aesop, a slave and story-teller supposed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE.  The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop – The Lion and the Mouse.

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.  Aesop – The Tree and The Reed.

Note – Illustrations of the fable  by Milo Winter in a 1919 Aesop anthology. Wikipedia

23 responses to “Are You The Sun or The Wind?

  1. Wow!
    The title of this post reminded me of the Aesop falbe before I got as far as reading it. How nice to be reminded of a story book I had as a child, thanks for bringing the memory back to the surface again for me:-)


  2. Definitely a lovely, poignant fable! I always try to be the sun, but it’s always nice to have little reminders to fall back on when you feel yourself getting a little winded.


  3. I love this blog. I like to invite you to see our live action fables for kids at the link below. The North Wind and the Sun was a big hit around here and will be in our annual collection at the end of 2011. It’s my hope that most kids these days will want to be the Sun. 🙂


  4. Those fables have stayed with us long after we have grown and have children (and grandchildren) or our own.


  5. I recently read a book of Aesop’s Fables, and this was one of my favorites. I had forgotten this story was one of his fables, though, until you revealed that in your post.

    Lately, I’ll feeling more like the sun than the wind (although I do appreciate the wind on these hot, summer days in my part of the world).


  6. ordinarygoodness

    Thank you for this fable Judith. A timely reminder to focus on kindness.


  7. I loved reading those, and I remember third grade being my first encounter with them. 🙂 I hope to spread the sunshine.


  8. ordinarygoodness

    Thanks for this fable Judith. A timely reminder to focus on kindness.


  9. Thanks Lynley. I guess we all need reminding sometime.


  10. I remember being read Aesop’s fables as a child. Such great moral lessons to be learned from them!


  11. If we had more sun than wind it would definitely cut down on life’s dramas. I always prefer sun. Why not? It makes life more enjoyable.


  12. Beautiful post and story… and I love the pictures too. 🙂
    PS. Still catching up on commenting again after a hectic week that included 3 long days/nights at a yoga event. I will be attending another workshop in the coming week (7/11-7/14)and if I don’t leave comments, I will follow up on my return. 🙂


  13. jacquelincangro

    What a lovely reminder for everyone to live their lives by spreading warmth and light to others. It’s easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of daily life.


Let's talk

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.