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got this in an email this morning and must share.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

this is curtercy of my spark friend susieph1 she sent me this by email this morning and i thought it was too good and thought provoking not to share it with you all.hope it gives you all something to think about.

Once upon a time there was a girl who had four friends.

She loved the fourth friend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.

She also loved the third friend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.

She also loved her second friend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.

The girl's first friend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the first friend, although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!

One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, 'I now have four friends with me, but when I die, will I be alone.'

Thus, she asked the fourth friend, 'I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?
'No way!', replied the fourth friend, and he walked away without another word.

His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.

The sad girl then asked the third friend, 'I loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?' 'No!', replied the third friend. 'Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to marry someone else!' Her heart sank and turned cold.

She then asked the second friend, 'I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?'

'I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!', replied the second friend. 'At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.'
His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated.

Then a voice called out: 'I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go.' The girl looked up, and there was her first friend. He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect.

Greatly grieved, the girl said, 'I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!'

In truth, you have four friends in your lives:

Your fourth friend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.

Your third friend is your possessions, status and wealth. When you die, it will all go to others.

Your second friend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.

And your first friend is your spirit. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world.

However, your spirit is the only thing that will follow you wherever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of you that will follow you to the throne of God and continue with you throughout Eternity.

Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to pray.

Pass this on to someone you care about - I just did.

Being happy doesn't mean everything┤s means you┤ve decided to see beyound the imperfections

thanks once again susie for shareing it with me.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LORI1132 4/5/2013 11:53PM

    Such a nice post, thank you! Have a great weekend!
Allah Hafez,
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SARA80 3/26/2013 10:52PM

    I just read this, and I have been struggling spiritually alot lately, but things have started to come together for me, and I want to thank you for posting this. IT's beautiful and hit right on the head for me.
May Allah bring you and your family many blessings. Khuda Hafiz

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HAPPY-ME 3/15/2013 1:21PM

    Masha'Allah my friend this is a wonderful reminder, I have heard it before but it was a true blessing for me to hear it today. Jazak Allah khayr for passing it on!

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SUNSHINE65 3/14/2013 10:29PM

    Deep and beautiful story! I am going to copy it and save it to meditate on! Thank you!

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KAYTIE22 3/14/2013 7:32PM

    This is so beautiful just like you. I didn't expect this story to turn out like it did at all. The message is so true and something we should always remember. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

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MILLISMA 3/14/2013 4:54PM

    Karen, this is beautiful. Thank you so much for posting and for your friend sending it to you.

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STHOMAS1009 3/14/2013 4:49PM

    Great Analogy! Thanks for sharing!

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DEE797 3/14/2013 3:11PM

    I love this... Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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SHELLEY81 3/14/2013 2:14PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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THOMS1 3/14/2013 12:31PM

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing.

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MICKEYH 3/14/2013 12:05PM

    Great story. Thanks for sharing!!

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NEWKATHYNOW 3/14/2013 10:35AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us all. It is indeed a true lesson and one we all need to remember. Have a wonderful day!

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HELEN_BR 3/14/2013 9:53AM

    Love this! Thanks!! emoticon

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CALLIECURTIS5 3/14/2013 9:42AM

    LOVE!!!LOVE!!!LOVE this!!!Thanks for sharing.

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DRAGONCHILDE 3/14/2013 9:41AM

    That's really wonderful, and true. THanks for sharing!

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TRUCKERWIFE2 3/14/2013 9:16AM

    I also loved it. Can you tell me how to share on this site? I've never been able to figure it out.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 3/14/2013 8:46AM

    Love it, and yet so true.

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GINA180847 3/14/2013 8:37AM

    Thank you, it is food for thought. It is also a lesson I learned young and as I say my prayers this morning I will think of it again. I thank God I learned this the hard way as a young woman and I am an old one now.

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SAASHA17 3/14/2013 8:19AM

    I love sharing it!!

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HAVEFUN2LOSE 3/14/2013 7:33AM

    I love this, thanks for sharing emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 3/14/2013 7:19AM

    So true! thanks so much for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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DMEYER4 3/14/2013 7:03AM

  this is very beautiful thank you so much for sharing, It has made me stop and think. Have a great day

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