Based on a Proverb from Botswana

Mama and Papa Elephant have three little elephants:
Busy, Bored and Balanced.

Busy wakes up every morning and looks at his endless To Do list. He races down to breakfast and gobbles his porridge so he can dig for diamonds before school. No time to talk. He runs to put his dishes in the dishwasher…
“Oops! Oh no!”
Crash! Bang! Shatter!
“Haste makes waste. The broom waits in the closet,” says Mama Elephant.
After cleaning up his broken dishes, Busy is off to school. Before school, he signs up for soccer, cricket, and tennis.

In between classes, Busy tries to finish his library book and do his homework. After school Busy signs up for guitar, xylophone, and drum lessons. On the way home, he stops at the library to check out another book and stays for chess club.

The second little elephant, Bored on the other hand, wakes up and complains, “What am I going to do today? I’m bored.”

At breakfast, Bored looks at the porridge and says, “I’m tired of porridge. Is there anything else to eat?”
Papa Elephants says, “You haven’t even tried it. Think of those who don’t have enough to eat and be grateful. For those that don’t appreciate porridge, breakfast is finished.”
While waiting for the school bus, Bored complains, “I’m bored. There isn’t anything to do.”
“Only uninterested people are bored. Let’s look around and set some goals,” says Mama Elephant.

On the bus Bored complains, “I’m bored.”
The bus driver suggests, “Look at the scenery, count the trucks, find unique license plates. Have you heard the proverb, ‘It is better to walk than curse the road?’”
At school, yet again, Bored complains, “I’m bored.”
“How can you be bored learning about our wonderful world?” asks his classmate.
Can you guess who was bored after school? Who has trouble making friends?

The third little elephant, Balanced, plans his calendar a month at a time. He decides to play golf and practice to play like a pro. He picks one activity at the Botswana National Library, the robotics class. He chooses one musical instrument, the banjo. He plans one extra excursion per week. This week he will go to the Jwaneng Diamond Mine and next week he will attend the Donkey Races. Balanced schedules play time, homework, and free time. Balanced looks forward to each event every day and free time as well. Balanced pops out of bed when his opportunity clock rings.

At breakfast, Balanced relishes each bite of porridge and talks with Mama and Papa Elephant about the many things for which he is grateful. He finishes refreshed, ready for a new day.

On the bus, Balanced greets the bus driver, attentively listens to his friend’s stories, and admires each unique animal they pass.

At school, Balanced listens and absorbs all the amazing facts, lessons, and solutions. He enjoys every minute so much, he can’t pick a favorite subject. Balanced likes them all. In between classes he stops to thank each teacher.

Balanced, Bored, Mama, and Papa Elephant all sit down to a scrumptious dinner of Seswaa. Bored has nothing to contribute to the conversation except, “I’m bored.”
Busy arrives home late and his dinner is cold.
Mama and Papa Elephant ask, “Where were you? We were worried about you.”
Busy falls asleep as he begins explaining.
Oh no! What a mess!

Frustrated Bored and Busy notice how happy Balanced, Mama, and Papa are.
“Why am I Bored?”
“Why am I overwhelmed?
Papa advises, “The fool is thirsty in the midst of water.
If you have a problem, it’s better to deal with it than to just sit there and complain.”
Bored decides, “I’m going to set goals, work hard, and enjoy each minute from now on.”
Busy decides, “I’m going to slow down and enjoy one thing, one minute at a time.

And do you know what? Busy and Bored are now Balanced II and Balanced III and enjoy every minute of their full lives.