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Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit
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Articles by Dr. Friedman (except where noted otherwise)
A Mule Called Hiney
The old farmer and his grandson started to walk Hiney down the road. A woman saw them and shouted, "You foolish people! Why are you walking when you have a mule you could ride?" They decided she had a point and climbed on the mule.
Down the road a way another woman called to them, "What fools you are! With both of you riding that mule, he will become exhausted and drop dead!" So the old man climbed off.
A little farther down the road a farmer shouted, "You foolish lad, making your old grandfather walk while you ride! Aren't you ashamed?" The boy climbed off and urged the grandfather to get back on.
A short time later an old woman called out, "You foolish man! That poor mule looks as if he is going to drop dead. Get off and carry him a while!"
Thinking that she had a point, the grandfather dismounted, hoised the mule onto his back and headed toward the city. When he came to a bridge he lost his footing and dropped the mule into the river. Of course, the poor animal drowned.
The moral of this story is this: If you try to please everyone, you will lose your Hiney.
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