Tuesday, August 30, 2011

{Life Lessons} A Short Story & Poem about appreciating life

Today I opened up my email and found this amazing story....


She hated herself because she was blind.
She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. 
He was always there for her.
She told her boyfriend, "If I could only 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 
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 them the 
rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.
Her boyfriend left her in tears and days later wrote a note to 
her saying:
"Take good care of your eyes, my dear,
for before they were yours, they were mine."

~ Arthur, Unknown 
This is how the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and
who was always by their side in the most painful situations.
The email continued on with...

"Life Is a Gift"
Today before you say an unkind word -
Think of someone who can't speak.
Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of 
someone who has nothing to eat.
Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of 
someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.
Today before you complain about life -
Think of someone who went too early to heaven.
Before you complain about your children -
Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.
Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn't clean or 
sweep -
Think of the people who are living in the streets.
Before whining about the distance you drive
Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
And when you are tired and complain about your job -
Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they 
had your job.
But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning 
another -
Remember that not one of us is without sin and we all answer to 
one MAKER.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down -
Put a smile on your face and thank GOD you're alive and still around.
~ Arthur, Unknown

Thank you to Arly for sharing this with me! 

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