Episode 49 – Polonius and the Lion King

Storytelling returns to Happy Road with two great stories that talk about being honest with oneself and pursuing your authentic vocation. Explore a Rastafarian parable and find out how it ties in with advice given by Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Then, a rather sickly podcast host reveals the truth behind exercising while you have a cold… Should you do it? Or is it better to wait until you’re feeling better? Find out on this week’s show!

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Show Notes:

If you’d like a written version of the African/Rastafarian parable I read on the show, you can find it here.

Want to know more about Rastafarianism? Here’s a good article in The Telegraph.

Elizabethan English is not everyone’s thing, so if you’d like to take a look at the passage from Hamlet that I read this week and get the modern English version at the same time, here’s a great side-by-side version that might help you out.

Here are the Top 10 pieces of fatherly advice Polonius tries to impart on his son Laertes

  1. Keep your thoughts to yourself. Don’t speak them out loud and don’t go off half-cocked, or don’t act on half-cooked ideas.
  2. Be casual and down-to-earth, but don’t be vulgar.
  3. Stick to your your true friends closely. Bind yourself to them like with rings of steel.
  4. Don’t waste money trying to wine and dine every Tom, Dick, and Harry, trying to win them over as friends.
  5. Stay away from stupid arguments and fights. But if you’re already in one, fight fiercely.
  6. Listen to everyone who speaks to you, but only speak back to those who are worth your energy.
  7. Listen to the critiques and opinions of others, but you don’t have to take it to heart. Reserve your own judgment.
  8. Spend as much as you can afford on clothes because clothes make the man. Especially in France.
  9. Don’t borrow money from friends, and don’t lend it out either. Because borrowing and lending money among friends ruins friendships.
  10. Be true to yourself. If you are true to yourself, then you cannot and will not be false to anyone else.

Here’s some advice from Lifehacker: Don’t keep up with the Joneses… They’re broke!

Should you exercise when you’re suffering from a cold? WebMD has a good answer, and so does the Mayo Clinic.



All classical music beds courtesy of the International Music Score Library Project.

Music beds courtesy of Music Alley from Mevio and the Free Music Archive.

Thanks to artists: ZeroV, Duane Carter Band, Gepel, Incidental Fusion, Marimba From Mother Africa.