Saturday, 14 May 2011

3 little pigs – how we react to change

Once upon a time, there lived 3 little pigs in a small enchanted island not far from the equator.

They were the best of friends.

The first pig was called “Nimble-feet”. Nimble-feet does not like to carry a heavy load and have chains tied to his feet. True to his nature, he built his house made of straw within a week.

The second pig was called “Sit-on-fence”. Sit-on-fence does not have any strong views and opinions. He prefers to let others tell him what to do. As a compromise between easy to gather straws and backbreaking use of stones, Sit-on-fence decided to use sticks to build his house – it took 1 month to be completed.

The third pig was called “Blur-spider”. Blur-spider is a bit “clueless” at times, but he made up for it by his strength and hardworking nature. Not surprisingly, he built his house out of heavy stones; after 12 months’ of toil.

One late afternoon, a big bad wolf approaches the houses of the 3 little pigs.

Nimble-feet, ever so alert, were the first to notice the big bad wolf approaching. Since he has relatively little sunk cost invested in his house, Nimble-feet scampered away safely without much second thoughts.

The only reward the big bad wolf got after blowing down the straw house was hay flying onto his face. A funny sight I must say!   

Sit-on-fence was watching in horror in his stick house after being alerted by the commotion. He wanted to run away like Nimble-feet, but the thought of abandoning his four weeks' of labour invested in his stick house held him back…..

Then the big bad wolf turned his attention to Sit-on-fence’s stick house. After huffing and puffing, the big bad wolf blew down the stick house. Sit-on-fence ended up in the wolf’s belly. It wasn’t a pretty sight……

But the big bad wolf is still hungry for more. He walked up to the stone house of Blur-spider. He huffed and puffed, but no matter how hard he tried, the stone house held its ground. Disappointed, the big bad wolf walked away. At least he did not go home empty handed.

All this while, Blur spider was in his stone house enjoying his afternoon tea. He thinks to himself: “Today very windy!”

The next morning, Blur-spider opened his door and watched in surprise that his friends were gone!? They even relocated their houses!?  

“How rude! Move house never even bother to say goodbye? I don’t friend them anymore!”

Blur-spider slammed his door and went back to his stone house without ever realizing what has happened……

Illustrated by La Papillion May 2011

Moral of story

Some people see change coming and act!

Some people see change coming and do nothing….

Some people ask what happened.


  1. Hi SMOL,

    I knew there's some twist in the story somewhere, coming from you :)

    Hey, I added you to facebook..too busy to reply to that? :)

  2. Hi SMOL,

    Drawn a picture just for your story...I wish I've the time to draw the rest of the pigs ;)

    Guess which pig this is, haha

  3. LP,

    Apologies! I was in Warsaw last week pretending to work hard - it did not work.... I indeed have to sweat hard! LOL!

    That's a cool illustration! Thank you very much! I love it!

    Just having fun with top-down well meaning advice from "establishment":

    1) Being lazy and building a straw house can be a good thing if we are not tied down by "anchors". We move with the flow!

    2) Being clueless to change is OK too. We just have to make sure we have a strong castle to anchor us to the ground.

    3) Those that are a little bit of this and that are slaughtered! Flexibility is one thing; spineless is another thing altogether ;)


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