Bible is not the only book filled with wise advice. One of my favorite children’s story- “Puss in Boots” is a treasure trove of useful information. If you are unfamiliar with the story plot, don’t worry, you will find all you need to know here. Do you have a weakness? You have a problem.
The rich father, the mill owner and a businessman, dies and leaves his three children the inheritance: the eldest brother gets the business, the middle brother gets the transportation/the horsepower, the youngest son, I will call him Steve, gets only a cat. Let me pause here. Just imagine how pissed Steve must feel at this point! He loved his father, he worked hard and he got nothing.
Steve is a decent guy, he did not sue his brothers for his fair share of inheritance, he took the cat and made the best he could with what he had. The cat was a good friend; the only request the cat made (the cat was very interested in the latest fashion) was to have a brand new pair of fancy high heel boots. Steve did not have much money, but he bought the boots she wanted. Steve passed the cat’s test. If, as an employer/friend, Steve did not treat her right, if he was greedy or selfish, she would be out of the door in a flash. There had to be respect and mutual benefit – teamwork.
The cat in boots decided no horse was good enough for Steve, no business was good enough. Steve should be a king, marry a princess, and ride only in a royal carriage. As a royal cat, she could have more wonderful boots, plus royal delicatessens for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cat began to plot and plan.
There was a king with a young beautiful daughter in the neighboring lands. Kings have a weakness-love for money and power. Give the king what he loves and you will open the door to his mind, soul and resources. Unfortunately, the cat did not have the money, but she hunted everyday and sent the king gifts of game each day under the name of Marquise of Carabas. The king became intrigued. This Marquise of Carabas must be rich and powerful! The king decided to meet the Marquise.
How could Marquise of Carabas receive king if he had no castle? Fortunately, there was an evil wizard in the village who lived in a magnificent castle. The wizard terrorized the poor folks, many heroes tried, but nobody could defeat the wizard.
The wizards have a weakness- they take themselves too seriously and think they are very important. The wizard thought he was the most knowledgeable wizard in the world. He became too cocky to the point of recklessness. The cat apparently admired the wizard a great deal. The cat wanted to acquire such knowledge and understanding, but first wanted a demonstration of wizard’s talent. Could the wizard transform himself in the smallest creature- a mouse? To prove his superiority the wizard turned into a mouse only to be swallowed by the clever cat.
Steve became the master of the castle. The cat explained she got lucky and won the castle in the lottery. The king with the daughter came to visit at once. The king was impressed by the richness of the castle. The princess was impressed by Steve’s good character. Soon they were married and lived happily after.
Of course it would be harder for the cat to figure out how to play the king or wizard if they decided to hide their weaknesses. But then again, nobody is clever enough to hide anything for long, sooner or later we open our mouths and drip the truth out.