September 15, 2012

Giving is sweet; giving what I didn't get is even sweeter.

What can I say? I guess I'm on a roll today. People of sound mind have no excuses. None.

September 12

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. ~George Bernard Shaw

All of us remember hurtful times when we were snubbed or overlooked. Indifference can wound us as badly as hatred. How we handle those wounds is an accurate indication of how we handle our lives. Will those sore spots heal or fester, inspire or demoralize? Self-esteem decides.

Some fifty years ago a poor boy sat fishing with his cane pole on the banks of a river. Once in a while, a big, fancy boat would go by filled with laughing, well-dressed people. But none ever stopped. No one ever asked that little boy if he'd like to take a ride. The boy couldn't understand this. With a child's logic, he wondered why. After all, they had plenty of room, and they clearly saw him sitting there on the muddy bank. Some of them even waved. Why didn't they ask him to come along?

Today that young fisherman of yesteryear has several large boats of his own. Every week he invites groups of people who don't have access to such finery to join him on a nice, long boat ride. The pleasure he was denied he can now provide to others. And he never passes a boy on the riverbank without asking him if he'd like a ride. ♥

Giving is sweet; giving what I didn't get is even sweeter.

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