A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package.
...."What food might the package contain?" The mouse wondered.
....He was horrified to discover that the couple had bought a mousetrap!
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell that this is of grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
Mr. Mouse turned to Mr. Goat and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The goat sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse went to Mrs. Cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
Mrs. Cow replied, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm 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.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to the kitchen to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail had the trap had snapped upon.
The snake bit the farmer's wife.
The farmer rushed her to the hospital. She returned home with a fever.
Now everyone knows you treat a fever with chicken soup.
So the farmer took his hatchet to the hen house for the soup's main ingredient.
However, the wife's sickness continued. So friends and neighbors came over to sit with her around the clock.
To feed all of them, the farmer butchered the goat.
The farmer's wife did not get well; she languished for a week until, sadly, she died.
So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon all from his crack in the wall with great sadness .....
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember - when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.
REMEMBER: Each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry; our lives are woven together for a reason.
One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend!