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The Wooden Bown

Thursday, December 13, 2012


I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now,a year from now. A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult.. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
'We must do something about father,' said the son. 'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.
When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up. '
The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks.. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day,the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.'
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.You need to be able to throw something back sometimes. I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I've learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about. I just did!FRIENDSHIP CANDLE NOTICE AT THE END, THE DATE THE CANDLE WAS STARTED.

GONNA GIVE YOU GOOSE BUMPS. I am not going to be the one who lets it die. I found it believable -- angels have walked beside me all my life--and they still do.********************* This is to all of you who mean something to me, I pray for your happiness.
The Candle Of Love, Hope & Friendship This candle was lit on the
15th of September, 1998

Someone who loves you has helped keep it alive by sending it to you. Don't let The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die.Pass It On To All Of Your Friends and Everyone You Love! May God richly bless you!

  
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HEALTHIERKEN 12/13/2012 9:29PM

    Very nice.

" . . . I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day,the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. . . . "

I used to be three for four here. I finally bought a pre-wired Christmas tree and now I'm four for four ; )

Thanks for this heart-warmer.
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1CRAZYDOG 12/13/2012 4:40PM

    I have seen this before, and indeed -- it is not one that is forgotten! Thank you and will pass it on as well.

Happy holidays to you and yours.

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Acknowledge the Good!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
~Eckhart Tolle

  
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/13/2012 3:23PM

  Excellent words to live by emoticon emoticon m

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1CRAZYDOG 12/13/2012 10:42AM

    Thank you for this wonderful quote!

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JUDYAMK 12/13/2012 8:52AM

    Oh how true this is.I thank God every single night that I get up to go to the bathroom for my commode,because when I was in Jordan the commode consist of a hole in the floor & no tissue.Some may laugh at me but I am truly thankful for that .
Judy

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ELRIDDICK 12/13/2012 8:38AM

  Thanks for sharing

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MJRVIC2000 12/13/2012 8:37AM

    "Who we are in private is who we really are!" Christians ought not to be two-faced. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 12/13/2012 8:34AM

    smart man!!!!!

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Embrace Change!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Changing habits takes time, but it is time well spent.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 12/12/2012 8:42AM

    Yes, it IS time well spent!!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 12/12/2012 8:24AM

    Great word this morning!!! Thanks for sharing

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Don't Worry! Be Happy!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Why waste the energy worrying on things that are out of your control?

  
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/11/2012 11:41AM

  Laugh, smile, sing and dance each and everyday because you are worth being happy and filled with the joy of living life to the fullest and living a long, strong and satisfied life in love and peace.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/11/2012 10:41AM

    Awesome!

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DARJR50 12/11/2012 7:45AM

  I couldn't agree more.

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CAT609 12/11/2012 7:21AM

    So very true!

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Cholose the Bolder!

Monday, December 10, 2012

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder.
~W.J. Slim

  
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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2012 1:13PM

    Absolutely! Nothing worthwhile is easy!!

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JXNCHICORY 12/10/2012 12:28PM

    This makes sense to me, especially when one is afraid or too timid to feel confident. On the other hand, might not this course of action result in stress, which could put one's blood pressure into an unhealthy range?
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