Two prisoners were on the chain gang digging a ditch. The first prisoner said to the second, “Why are we down here working like dogs while that guard sits up there in the shade drinking a cold drink?” The second prisoner chuckled a bit and said sarcastically, “You ought to go ask him?” But to that second prisoner’s amazement, the first prisoner climbed out of the ditch and followed his advice. Even more amazingly, the guard actually answered the question.
The guard told the first prisoner, “You are down there because you make poor choices. Here, let me show you what I mean.” He then walked over to a light pole, placed his hand on the light pole, and said to the prisoner, “Hit my hand.” The prisoner obliged and swung as hard as he could at the guard’s hand. But at the last possible second the guard moved his hand and the prisoner’s fist went crashing into the light pole. As the pain shot through his knuckles, he heard the guard say, “See what I mean? Now get back in that ditch and go back to work.”
At that, the prisoner climbed back down into the ditch and went back to work. He hadn’t been working too long when the second prisoner asked, “Well, what did he say?” The first prisoner said, “He said that we’re down here because we make poor choices.” A bit puzzled, the second prisoner said, “What did he mean by that?” The first prisoner said, “Here, I’ll show you.” Then he placed his hand over his face and said, “Hit my hand.” Some people just can’t seem to help themselves, can they?
As for you, try not to make any poor choices today.