Two men who lived in a small village got into a terrible dispute that they could not
resolve. So they decided to talk to the town sage. The first man went to the sage's home
and told his version of what happened. When he finished, the sage said, "You're
absolutely right." The next night, the second man called on the sage and told his
side of the story. The sage responded, "You're absolutely right." Afterward, the
sage's wife scolded her husband. "Those men told you two different stories and you
told them they were absolutely right. That's impossible -- they can't both be absolutely
The sage turned to his wife and said, "You're absolutely right."
David Moore, Vital Speeches of the Day.
Former president Ronald Reagan once had an aunt who took him to a cobbler for a pair of
new shoes. The cobbler asked young Reagan, "Do you want square toes or round
toes?" Unable to decide, Reagan didn't answer, so the cobbler gave him a few days.
Several days later the cobbler saw Reagan on the street and asked him again what kind of
toes he wanted on his shoes. Reagan still couldn't decide, so the shoemaker replied,
"Well, come by in a couple of days. Your shoes will be ready." When the future
president did so, he found one square-toed and one round-toed shoe! "This will teach
you to never let people make decisions for you," the cobbler said to his indecisive
customer. "I learned right then and there," Reagan said later, "if you
don't make your own decisions, someone else will."
Today in the Word, August, 1991, p. 16.