A story is often told of a farmer and a mousetrap. If you have heart it before, just re-examine it from a new respective for its richness in wisdom. It is said that on a farm somewhere, a mouse looked through the crack in the safety of its hideout only to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain?? The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard sad and disappointed , the mouse proclaimed the warning: ” There is a mousetrap in the house! There’s a mousetrap in the house! The hen cackled and scratched , raised her head and said, ” Mr Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered to by it.” The mouse didn’t give up, it turned to the pig and told him, “There’s a mousetrap in the house! There’s a mousetrap in the house!” But, even the pig sympathized, it said, ” I am so very sorry Mr Mouse, but there’s nothing I can do about it – but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers tonight!” The Mouse met the cow and said, ” There’s a mousetrap in the house! There’s a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said, “Mow, Mr Mouse, I am sorry for you, but It’s no skin off my nose.”
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. And as fate would have it, that very night, a sound was heard ringing throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the thick darkness, she couldn’t see that it was a venomous snake whose tail was firmly gripped by the trap.
The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his kitchen knife and headed to the farmyard for the soup’s ingredient.
But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her round-the-block.
You see, in order to feed them, the farmer butchered his pig. Unfortunately, the farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So, people came from neighboring villages came in droves to say their last respects. As a result, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all mourners.
As all this unfolded, the mouse looked upon it from his crack in the walk with great sadness.
So, here is the moral of the story, the next time you hear someone – especially in your organization – is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
Indeed the greatest impact might be on the persons who thought the problem was too remote to them. Be part of the solution for you will not escape the consequences of the problem unresolved!