Thursday, January 13, 2011

cont. Stories to live by

Home Coming - A Soldier's Story
(God loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the family forever, regardless of who we are.)

A soldier after his tour of duty in Vietnam was coming home. From San Francisco, he called his parents. "Mom and Dad. I'm coming home, but i've got a favour to ask. Can i bring a friend home?" "Sure," they replied, "we'd love to meet him." "There's something you should know, " the son continued. "He was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land of mine and lost an arm and leg. He has nowhere else to go and i want him to come live with us." "I'm sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live." "No, Mom and dad, I want him to live with us." "Son," said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live. I think you should come home and forget about this guy. He'll be okay."

Hearing this, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing from him until they got a call from the San Francisco police a few days later. Their son died after falling from a building and the police believed it was suicide. The grief-stricken parents identified him at the morgue and to their horror discovered that he had come back with only one arm and one leg. Always have the facts before we make a decision.

Mother's Day
(Mum! Man's best friend! There's nothing like Mama's hug.)

A man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived a few hundred miles away. As he got out of the car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing. He asked her what was wrong and she replied, "I want to buy a red rose for my mother, but I only have seventy-five cents and the rose costs two dollars." He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother's flowers. As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She happily acccepted, "Yes, please! You can take me to my mother." She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, cancelled the wire order, picked up the flowers and drove to his mother's house. Appreciate our mothers when they are alive.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

cont. Stories to live by

(The right frame of mind envisions everything.)

Once a rich man took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing him how poor people can be. They spent a day and night in the farm of  a poor family. When they got home, the father asked the son. "How was the trip?" "Very good, Dad!" "Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked. "Yeah!" "And what did you learn?" The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home, but they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, but they have creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden, but they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole horizon."

When the boy had finished , the father was speechless. "Thanks Dad, for showing me how poor we are!" Isn't it true that it all depends on how we look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, humor and a positive attitude towards life, you've got everything! You can't buy any of these things. You can have all the material possessions that you imagine, provisions for the future, but if you are poor in spirit, you have nothing. The right frame of mind envisions everything.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

cont. Stories to live by

(Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. One of life's mysteries.)

Once there was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her boyfriend. He was always there for her. One day she told him, "If I could see the world, I will marry you." One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend. He asked her, "Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?" The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind, The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at him like this for the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him. Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote her a note saying: "Take good care of your eyes, my dear; for before they were yours, they were mine." Only a few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations. The human brain often differs in thought when our status changes.


Stories to live by

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Our world is full of human stories. Some sorrowful, some joyful. Some from the eyes of the young, others from those not so young. But all full of inspiration that can spur us on in life. Throughout the world there are many who are down-trodden, but never give up. Here are touching stories all full of  human inspiration.

(Always treasure the love that surrounds us)

Once a man was infuriated with his 3-year old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, on Christmas morning, the little girl bought the gift to her father and said, "This is for you, Daddy." The man was embarrassed by his ealier reaction, but his anger flared again when he found out that box was empty. He yelled at her, "Don't you know that when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside?"

The little girl looked up at him as tears swelled in her eyes, "Daddy, it's not empty at all. I blew kisses into the box. They're all for you." The father was crushed. He put his arms around the little girl, and begged for her forgivenesss. A short time later, an accident took the life of the child. The father kept the gold box by his bed for many years; wherenever he was discouraged he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of his child who put it there. All of us have been given a gold container with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family members, friends and God. Always treasure the love that surrounds us.