The Grasshopper and the Ant, Part II

By Nathan C. Weaver, CPA, Manager

As I ponder on my blog post from May 2019, I see that it can speak to the time we are in now.  When I wrote the post a year ago, I would have no idea that schools, businesses, churches, etc. would have closed their physical doors for an extended period.  One of my paragraphs (on some thoughts of Aesop’s fable of the Grasshopper and Ant) was as follows:

At first glance, in the fable it might appear that the life of the Ant is only related to work.  However, the winter season not only makes it inhospitable for the Grasshopper to find food, but also for the Ant.  The Ant put in the hard work at the right time and was rewarded.  The Grasshopper put in the hard work of finding food during the winter (when he was starving), but that was not the right time and there was no reward available.

I am struck by this thought.  As we go through tough times in life, it is the decisions we have already made that heavily influence our reaction to, and attitude towards, the unexpected situations. 

The Grasshopper’s lack of food (which could be comparable to working capital or IT infrastructure in an organization) meant there would be a time of struggle and pain. 

To the Ant in the story, he and his colony’s lives should be bearable during the winter, but it is also likely they are planning for the spring when more ants are in the nest, tunnels need repaired, and storehouses expanded.

In closing, the final stanza of Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening comes to mind when I look at the work that I and the ants anticipate.  Let’s use our time wisely to strategically plan for the future.

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

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