The Half Way House
A small inn sat on the side of a picturesque Italian hill, half way between the cities of Venice and Verona. One night, a traveler checked in.
“Where are you travelling to?” ask the Innkeeper.
“I’m from Venice and am going to live in Verona” replied the traveler. “Tell me,” he continued, “what are the people like who live in Verona?”
“Well – what were the people like in who live in Venice?” asked the innkeeper.
“They’re terrible people!” exclaimed the traveler, “they’re uncaring cold and distant. They’d never lift a finger to help anyone! That’s why I left.”
“Hmmmmm…” muttered the Innkeeper, “then you won’t like living in Verona… the people there are exactly the same!”
Disappointed at what the Innkeeper had said, the traveler retired to his room. Later that night, another traveler checked in.
“Where are you travelling to?” asked the innkeeper.
“I’m from Verona and am going to live in Venice” replied the second traveler. “Tell me,” he continued, “the people who live in Venice – what are they like?”
“Well – what were the people like in Verona?” asked the Innkeeper.
“They’re wonderful people!” exclaimed the traveler, “they are caring, warm, friendly and always helpful. I was sad to leave.”
“Then you’ll love living in Verona” said the innkeeper, “The people there are exactly the same!”
The Moral: People are like mirrors. Others respond to you in the same way you treat them.