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29 March 2016 2 Comments

Marcie Monkey wasn’t happy

She and her husband, Titus Turtle, sought help

They consulted Ollie Owl, respected as a healer

“How can I help you?” Ollie asked

“I can’t make Marcie happy,” Titus’s eyes moistened

“Nothing I do cheers her up.”

Marcie nodded, both sides of her mouth turned down

“I do everything I can,” said Titus

“The harder I try, the unhappier she gets”

Ollie sat forward looking eye to eye with Titus

“It’s not your job to make Marcie happy,” he said

“Abraham Lincoln wisely observed,

‘Most people are as happy as they make up our minds to be’

We choose to be happy regardless of conditions and circumstances”

“But I’m Marcie’s husband,” protested Titus

“Shouldn’t I be able to cheer her up?”

“You can’t fix her,” Ollie responded, “even though you love her”

Once home, Titus tried a few more fixes, then gave up

To his surprise, Marcie’s mood lifted and her smile returned

She grew happier day by day

When they next visited Ollie, Titus said,

“You were right to tell me to back off,

The less I try to make her happy, the more joyful she gets

Last week she said she even loves me more!” Titus smiled

“And why is that?” inquired Ollie

“Because he now respects me,” responded Marcie,

“He trusts me to be in charge of my own moods

When he wants to fix me I know he means well

But I resent his trying to control me”

“Is there anything else he’s done,” asked Ollie

“He listens to me with his full attention

He understands what I think and what I feel

I now feel loved”

She jumped on Titus’s shell

Titus and Marcie embraced each other.


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