Ari found himself in a most unpleasant situation. He had been fooled, betrayed, made fun of, and laughed at. He had put his trust in someone during a vulnerable moment when he desperately needed help to continue his journey. The trust that he gave away so freely was soon dismantled by deceit.
Ari trusted the fox to lead him to the pools where he would find his fill of fish. He was extremely hungry after being without proper food for days on end. The fox cleverly led Ari into a trap, when as the small lion stepped upon some leaves, he suddenly found himself falling and landing hard in the bottom of a pit.
As Ari lay there stunned, he looked up and saw the fox looking down on him with a mischievous grin on his face. The fox flung himself down on the ground laughing hysterically. Ari was not amused as he shook himself off. He was about to yell and scream at the pathetic fox for playing such a trick on him but he remembered, he who guards his mouth keeps himself out of trouble.
Our emotions carry a great deal of power to influence our decisions and the outcomes that occur as a result. At these very moments we have the choice to keep a positive outlook and move on or to succumb to the negative emotion by using harsh words or behavior that brings more strife into the situation.
In this case, Ari noticed the emotions of total frustration and anger welling up inside of him but then he decided to let it go. “With a deep sigh, Ari took his eyes off the fox and began scouting around for a way to climb out of the pit.” Ari jumped free from the confinement and he managed to force a small nod as he passed the fox on his way back down the path.
Ari was able to take his eyes off the unpleasant incident; by taking his eyes off the fox, Ari continued on his way back to the task of living his life, moving forward in self-control and into a more positive outcome. He chose to pass on by the fox and remain calm, not allowing any confrontation or harsh words to cause the situation to turn for the worse.
Remaining calm and using self-control, Ari was able to gather the wisdom he needed to break free from the confinement of the situation into a place of strength and power to continue on his journey toward home.
“He who keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” ~ Proverbs 21:23
“If you conquer yourself, then you conquer the world.” ~ Paulo Coelho, Aleph