Let People Talk|اجازه دهید مردم صحبت کنند

First published: May.10.2018

“38th story”

An old man and his young son were heading to town with their donkey. Since the donkey was very old, the old man didn’t want to put too much heavy weight on its back, so only his son was riding on the donkey.



When they were passing by some people, they heard people whispering: “Shame on the young boy. He is riding on the donkey while the old man is walking.”


The old man’s son asked his father to switch places with him. The old man didn’t want to argue, so he switched spots with his son. They continued along their way when;

Some other person was passing by and whispered: “How selfish can a father be to ride a donkey when his son is walking in this hot weather.”



The son looked at the old man and said: “Maybe we should both sit on the donkey’s.”

So they did.


A little while passed and someone else saw them and of course had an opinion as they said quietly: “This is animal cruelty. Poor old donkey is carrying two egotistic, lazy humans.”

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As the boy opened his mouth to give another opinion based on people’s thoughts, the old man said: “The best way to live life is to be careless about what people think. Always do what is right at that moment. Our donkey is old and you are less heavy than I am. You can either walk with me or ride on the donkey, no matter what others say. You can’t keep everyone satisfied so do what seems right to you.”


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Categories: bedtime story, fable, fiction, moral, Short StoryTags: , , , ,


  1. Wise words from the old man!

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  2. I remember this story very well as it was in one of the children books I once read as a young boy in Germany. Thanks for posting it with the photo illustrations!

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  3. So true. Thank you for this timely reminder 🌷

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  4. Beautiful story as the old man said; we always have to do what’s right for us no matter what the people say. Thank you

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  5. One of my favorite story

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  6. It is impossible to please everyone all of the time, sometimes it is difficult to please anyone at anytime. Everyone has an opinion, that is their right…but you need not be ruled by them, unless you choose to do so. Wonderful story that has very sound advice. Love the donkey pictures. Thank-you!

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  7. Soo nice.. Its true though, you can’t please everyone😉

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  8. Excellent story – sound moral

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  9. This is life wisdom which is often undervalued as many of us seem to live a life based a little too much on other people’s opinions. Follow your heart. How beautiful and liberating would that be. Thank you Laleh 😊❤️

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  10. That is so true! Life is too short to please everyone and worry about what others think. 😊 thanks for sharing this story 🙏 I went back to my childhood story days 😊 loved it 👌

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  11. Nice story,wise words gently told .

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  12. I have not heard this story but it sure is true. Do the best you can in the moment thinking about all factors. That’s wisdom.

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  13. We often get affected and act what others want us to do. Great post with lovely message!


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  14. It’s never possible to fulfil everybody’s expectations as all of ’em would have different perspectives of our situations. This is a beautiful story that I believe says more than what it’s words represent. 😊One quote I love and I can relate to this story :
    I lost myself trying to please everybody else and now I’ve lost everybody trying to find my own self .
    It is true that one must do what one thinks is right as people will always talk whatsoever happens!

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  15. I know this fable well, thanks for sharing!!.. 🙂

    “When someone tells you “you’ve changed”, it might be because you have stopped living your life their way”.. John Pence

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  16. You know, if the two had carried the donkey, no one would’ve complained… The donkey might, though…

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  17. Wonderful story !! People will talk !! You know your situations best and hence can be a better decider for what is right and wrong for the situations faced

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  18. True, he was not born yet, that he would please everyone. Let us do our part,let us be guided by our heart and mind.

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  19. I know this story from Poland. Our conclusion was however that this is our typical Polish character: no matter what you do, people around you would always critisize you.

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  20. Thank you Laleh for sharing/ telling this great story. Here we are living in a small village, and you will not believe, its the same today. **lol** Have a good weekend! Michael

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  21. You cannot please everyone. So do what you think is the right thing to do. Yes, that’s wise.

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  22. You know wat Рastor Johansson instructed us on Sunday is
    that Good really likes worship. Daddy addeⅾ.


  23. So very true! You can’t really satisfy everyone. Better do your own things.

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  24. Ah yes, I’ve heard this story from my parents 🙂 and it feels so good to read it here 🙂 thanks for it!

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  25. The wise man and son should do what they feel is right. Good advice, Laleh.
    Hope you are have a wonderful weekend, dear! 😍 🙂

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  26. Love this story! One because it has a donkey in it and I adore those animals and two, because like the story points out, we can’t please everyone and there is no point in trying to do so. Do what is right for you in that moment and move on in confidence. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  27. For real, never mind what others have to say. Yet again another great story!

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  28. Slimme vader en je kan niet voor iedereen goed doen

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  29. The wisdom of age, you can’t beat it, can you? Thanks, Laleh for following my blog, please stop by anytime.

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  30. Reblogged this on SHIFT2Drive.blog.

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  31. Très belle philosophie, toute de saine sagesse.

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  32. solomon s son
    even he the one
    wise sage
    lost in age
    too many foreign wives
    to idols

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  33. Ma sha Allah. Each story of yours teaches so much in such brevity. Subhan Allah

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  34. Aonther great one, Laleh! Thank you for sharing. Congratulations to so many wonderful reviews. I apologize for the late revisit, and hope you and yours are staying save, and enjoy the life. Best wishes, Michael

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  35. Well stated, thanks for sharing your wonderful message.

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  36. Good morning.
    It’s 5:20 am today today.
    There is such a saying in Japan.
    that’s a nice word.
    When I was young, I was very concerned about what others thought.
    Now that I’m 67 years old, I’m finally freed from those kinds of spells, and I value what I feel and what I think.
    The photo of the donkey is cute and somewhere lonely.
    A black and white photo of the old man is a good idea.
    We look forward to seeing you on the blog.

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  37. So much wisdom in this story. Someone , somewhere will have something negative to say. So we must care less about what they say and carry on!

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  38. Great story! Great life lesson!
    Thank you Laleh

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  39. Dear Laleh, This was a wonderful story.
    I am nominating you for Sunshine Blogger Award. I am not sure if you have time for accepting this nomination but You really are a blogger who spreads positiveness in our blogging community. Love your work. Kindly visit my blog post if you happen to accept this nomination. Love.

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  40. You gift so many lovely pearls of wisdom, Laleh! Thank You!!! ❤️🙏🏼🤗

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  41. So true! When we try to please everyone at each avenue in life, we soon begin to feel like the dog chasing his tail.

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