A judge was campaigning for re-election. He had a reputation for integrity. He was a distinguished and honourable gentleman of no small charity. His opponent was conducting a vicious, mud-smearing, unfair campaign against him.
Somebody approached the judge and asked, “Do you know what your opponent is saying about you? Do you know he’s criticising you? How are you going to handle it? What are you going to do about it?” The judge looked at his counsellors and his campaign committee and calmly replied – “Well, when I was a boy I had a dog. And every time the moon was full, that hound dog would howl and bark at the bright face of the moon. We never did sleep very well during those nights. He would bark and howl at the moon all night.” With that the judge concluded his remarks.
“That’s beside the point”, his campaign manager impatiently said, “You’ve told us a nice story about your dog, but what are you going to do about your critic?”
The judge explained, “I just answered you! When the dog barked at the moon, the moon kept right on shining! I don’t intend to do anything but keep right on shining. And I’ll just ignore the criticism, as the moon ignored the dog. I’ll just keep right on shining! Quietly, calmly, beautifully!”
Remember that my friends! It might give you courage to sail – to strive for the top and not worry about what people say whether you succeed or you fail.