A wise blogger who was traveling in the blogosphere found a precious post in her stream, which they then re-blogged, citing the source. The next day, another traveler who was hungry for knowledge happened upon their post and found it inspirational. The Traveler asked if they could re-blog the post, which the wise blogger allowed without hesitation. The Traveler rejoiced in their good fortune. They knew the message found in the post was worth enough to drive traffic to their blog for a lifetime. He copied and posted the message to his blog, but failed to attribute the content to its author. A few days later, The Traveler came back to the wise blogger’s site.
“I’ve been thinking,” they said, “I know how valuable the message in the post is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the post, knowing how likely it was that it’s source would not be attributed.“
By that point, however, his blog had gone viral being fueled by the voracious 24-hour news cycle and so he received the best of both worlds.
Adapted from “The Wise Woman’s Stone” Author Unknown
WIDTS: Moral of the story? It’s more lucrative to receive forgiveness than ask permission. ;o)
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