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Hercules – Mythical Strong Man
Minerva – Goddess of Wisdom
‘Hercules was once travelling along a narrow road when he saw
lying on the ground in front of him what appeared to be an apple,
and as he passed he stamped upon it with his heel.
To his astonishment, instead of being crushed it doubled in size;
and, on his attacking it again and smiting it with his club, it
swelled up to an enormous size and blocked up the whole road.
Upon this he dropped his club, and stood looking at it in
Just then Minerva appeared, and said to him, “Leave it alone, my
friend; that which you see before you is the apple of discord: if
you do not meddle with it, it remains small as it was at first,
but if you resort to violence it swells into the thing you
Most days as the parent of a child with Asperger’s you face
the apple of discord (arguments waiting to happen):
* Rude comments from other parents
* Your child refusing homework
* School staff asking for “a quick word”
* Your spouse ignoring the problem
All can light the blue touch paper.
Sometimes you need to listen to Minerva and walk away.
Otherwise it’ll be another huge apple of a fight.
Causing you more pain . . . upset . .. and drama.
Not always easy to bite your tongue.
But at times you have to.
Save your energy for the important stuff.
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