Vol 7.11 "Pop! Goes The Weasel" 10/15/2008

It’s 10:45 am October 15th. Back in the 17th century in England a nursery rhyme, often sung today, was
born. In this little diddy we are introduced to a weasel, an eagle, and a monkey. Read the rhyme
closely because I’ll have a few questions for you after you are done.

All around the Mulberry Bush,
The monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey stopped to pull up his sock,
Pop! goes the weasel.
Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop! goes the weasel.
Up and down the city road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.
For you may try to sew and sew,
But you’ll never make anything regal,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.
The monkey and the weasel fought,
The weasel’s really feeble,
The monkey punched him in the face,
Pop! goes the weasel.
Every time when I come home
The monkey’s on the table,
Cracking nuts and eating spice
Pop! goes the weasel.
Every time when I come home
The monkey’s on the table,
Take a stick and knock it off
Pop! goes the weasel.

Which are you? Are you the monkey in this nursery rhyme? Are you the weasel? Are you the eagle that
is in and out before we get to know him? Give a monkey a banana, and he will consume it. Give a
monkey a glimpse of his tail, and he will chase it. The monkey operates on self-interest, self-fulfillment,
and selfishness. The weasel runs from the monkey but is caught in its own circular maze. It can work and
work (sew and sew) all day, everyday but will never be satisfied, never feel full, and never be regal. It
consumes too but in the form of endless possessions that eventually make it go POP! It looks for the pot
at the end of an imaginary rainbow and ends up destroying its very existence. The weasel never realizes
more can be less. The eagle is above it all looking at the rodents and primates living in their own little
worlds totally unaware of the world around them. Which are you? Are you the self-indulgent monkey?
Are you the weasel that fetters its time away in following the herd to a pasture with no grass? It’s
time to be the eagle before your mundane life on the Ferris wheel pops like the weasel.

Talk to you next time,
Fred

The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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