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October 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm #12974
Some of the shells that wash up on the beach were once very beautiful. We don’t know what kind of journey they had to take to get them in their fragile condition. The same is true for people. Be kind.
~Linda GiffordOctober 13, 2009 at 5:51 am #12975
Inspirational love stories – Love and Time
Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.
Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.
When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.
Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said,
“Richness, can you take me with you?”
Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”
Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. “Vanity, please help me!”
“I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,” Vanity answered.
Sadness was close by so Love asked, “Sadness, let me go with you.”
“Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!”
Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.
Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come, Love, I will take you.” It was an elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Realizing how much was owed the elder,
Love asked Knowledge, another elder, “Who Helped me?”
“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.
“Time?” asked Love. “But why did Time help me?”
Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, “Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”October 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm #12976October 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm #12977October 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm #12978
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfectly made and never leaked. The other pot had a crack in it and by the time the water bearer reached his master’s house it had leaked much of it’s water and was only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We’re all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, God will use our flaws to grace his table. In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don’t be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty. Know that in our weakness we find our strength.October 13, 2009 at 10:42 pm #12979October 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm #12980
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world
~ Heather CortezOctober 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm #12981
Those with a lively sense of curiousity learn something new every day of their lives
~ AnonOctober 16, 2009 at 3:34 am #12982
At first, we isolate beauty from all that is around it; we detach it from the rest; but in the end, we understand its harmony with the whole
~ Rabindranath TagoreOctober 16, 2009 at 5:58 am #12983October 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm #12984October 16, 2009 at 10:14 pm #12985October 17, 2009 at 12:18 am #12986
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness
_________ making everything in its vicinity
_________________________freshen into smiles”October 17, 2009 at 12:33 am #12987
An old man was walking along the beach, when he came upon a part of the sand where thousands of starfish had washed ashore. A little further down the beach he saw a young women, who was picking up the starfish one at a time and tossing them back into the ocean. “Oh you silly girl,” he exclaimed, “You can’t possibly save all of these starfish. There’s too many” The woman smiled and said, “I know. But I can save this one,” and she tossed another into the ocean, “and this one, toss, “and this one….”
~ Author UnknownOctober 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm #12988
ITS ALL ABOUT CHARACTER
Watch your thoughts;
they become words
Watch your words;
they become actions
Watch your actions;
they become habits
Watch your habits;
they become character
Watch your character;
it becomes your destiny
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