The Lion and The Mouse
A Well-Known Fable of Aesop
One lazy afternoon, a Lion was sleeping in the sun. The mouse, coming upon the Lion, thought that if he climbed on top of him, he might be able to see quite a distance away. So the mouse ran up along the Lion's back to his head.
The Lion awoke in anger and caught the mouse in his large paw. As he was about to kill him, the small mouse pleaded to be let go saying, "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness someday."
The Lion was greatly amused at the thought of a mouse being able to help him. He laughed at the thought, but let him go.
It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came up and gnawed the rope with his teeth, setting the Lion free.
"You see," said the Mouse, "sometimes even a small mouse like me can help a large Lion."
Moral of The Lion and The Mouse: No one is too weak to do good, and even the strongest of us can use the help of the smallest.
Don't dismiss the offer of help from someone you may consider weaker than you. Even they have talents that can be of great benefit.
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Another story involving a lion and an act of compassion and helpfulness is Androcles and The Lion
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