Who Said It: Aesop
When: c. 570 B.C.
The Story behind the line originates from the Greek slave, Aesop. He wrote a large amount of fables which, usually illustrated a single point.
It was based around the tale about "The Milkmaid and Her Pail." Patty, a farmer's daughter, is daydreaming as she walks to town with a pail of milk balanced on her head. Her thoughts: "The milk in this pail will provide me with cream, which I will make into butter, which I will sell in the market, and buy a dozen eggs, which will hatch into chickens, which will lay more eggs, and soon I shall have a large poultry yard. I'll sell some of the fowls and buy myself a handsome new gown and go to the fair, and when the young fellows try to make love to me, I'll toss my head and pass them by." At that moment, Patty tossed her head and lost the pailful of milk. Therefore ending all the dreams and possibilities which, could have come from the milk. In theory Aesop is saying if we let our dreams get ahead of ourselves the outcome usually can be disappointing.
Is this always the case? Do we have to constantly be careful and protect ourselves from the pain and negativity or can this saying be challenged. And instead can we live in the moment and embrace what the outcome is with a positive attitude?