A rat residing in the walls of a farmer's house decided to take a peek through a hole in the wall. What he saw was the farmer and his wife opening a package. At first, he was excited, hoping for a nice surprise. It shocked him to learn that the package carried a rat trap. Panicked, he calls a meeting to gather all of the farm animals and shares the horrifying news, "There's a rat trap in the house!"
The chicken, goat, and cow listened. They all understood how scared the rat was, but they offered no comfort. The chicken replied, "Rat, I'm sorry there's a rat trap in the house, but I'm not sure what this has to do with me. Have you ever heard of a chicken getting caught in a rat trap?"
Hearing the rat's cries, the goat offered more sympathy, but said, "I'm sorry you're concerned, but there's nothing I can do but pray for you. Take care."
The cow simply replied, "Why am I here? I'm too big for that rat trap, it's not for me," and walked off.
Later that evening a loud "pap!" was heard throughout the farm. The farmer's wife went to check the trap, but it was dark, so she could not see that a venomous snake was stuck in the trap, not a rat. The snake bit her.
The farmer rushed his wife to the doctor. She returned home with a high fever. The doctor prescribed chicken soup, so the farmer went out to the yard and brought back the main ingredient for the soup. Despite the soup, the wife's conditions got worse. Neighbors and friends were constantly dropping by to keep her company. In order to show his gratitude, and make sure the visitors didn't get hungry, the farmer then butchered the goat. Eventually the wife died and many people attended her funeral. The farmer then slaughtered the cow to prepare a feast for the family and guests.
It's now time to ponder, in your own life or within your organizations, what do you do when you see a "rat trap". What responses are you getting when you show the "rat trap".