A Lion and a Cougar
A lion and a cougar arrived at a water hole at the same time. They began to argue about who should drink first. The argument grew heated, and each decided he would rather die than let the other go first. Their emotions turned to rage and a battle erupted.
Suddenly, the fight stopped. Vultures had appeared and were circling overhead, waiting for the loser to fall. The two beasts watched the vultures for a moment, then both drank and walked away. The thought of being devoured ended their quarrel.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. When we lose our heads in needless arguments, the vultures begin to circle. But when we keep our cool and find the solution that benefits everyone, we win . . . it’s the high calling of our daily work.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.