You may have heard the punchline, “Ready when you are, Mr. DeMille!“
Sometimes it’s abbreviated to, simply, “Ready when you are!“
It’s dubious that it ever happened, and it’s not a parable — there’s no moral behind it. But it is a pretty good joke!
In fact, it’s one of my favorites, and I’ve used the punchline many times.
The title of this Sideband, “And Maybe the Horse will Sing,” comes from a story told by the ancient Greek philosopher Herodotus.
This is a parable about hope and possibilities; about how you never know what might happen even when it seems that all hope is lost.
This is a story of a thief, Nasrudin, who was caught at his thievery and, by the laws of his land, sentenced to die. Hauled up before the king, he was asked by the Royal Presence: “Is there any reason at all why I shouldn’t have your head off right now?”