a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Not My Words But A Wonderful Story

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way."

I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

When life gives you 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile . Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

8 comments:

ellen abbott said...

Life without fear...that's how I try to live.

Pat said...

Great story! Great moral. Something to live by.

Rudee said...

This is a perfect story. I'll try to hold it in my heart when I go back to work tomorrow. I'm fighting the urge to call in sick today, when really, I should be thankful I have a job at all--especially in Detroit.

Jo said...

Beautiful Gail!

Lanny said...

Hey, nice story, nice blog, glad you stopped by my spot.

Tina said...

Quite a story but oh so true!!
Love your header photo ... WOW what a vista that is!! Been catch'en up with blogs..seems I just can't sit down everyday and read and write..want to but just can't ...so I visit when I can..good to see you are doing well and out and about! Too bad you couldn't bring home another horse. I'm sure you wanted to! Well, keep safe and enjoy this early Spring/summer.

rebecca said...

This was an incredible story. Isn't it true though that many times it is just a matter of how we present it/ourselves that makes all the difference? Sad, but true. I love the moral of this story, words to live by each and every day.

I most especially liked your last sentence: "Keep the faith and drop the fear."

Nezzy said...

It's all how ya look at things baby!

Have a super day!!!

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