Tuesday, October 15, 2019

2019-42 - Sharing...

A husband and wife had been living together for 30 years. On the 30th anniversary of their marriage the wife, as usual, baked a bun – she baked it every morning, it was a tradition. During breakfast she cut it across, buttered both sides, and, as usual, gave the top to the husband, but her hand stopped halfway...

She thought, "On the day of our 30th anniversary I want to eat this rosy part of the bun; I was dreaming about this for 30 years. Finally, I was an exemplary wife for 30 years and I raised good sons for him. I put so much efforts and health for the well-being of our family."

So she made a decision and gave the bottom of the bun to her husband, but her hands trembled – breaking the 30-year-old tradition!

Her husband took the bun and said to her, "What a wonderful gift you have given me today, my dear! 30 years I did not eat my favorite, the bottom-part of the bun, because I thought that it rightfully belongs to you."

~ Author Unknown

Share from your heart, and you'll do just fine.

~ Cathy Burnham Martin

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

2019-41 - Perspective...

Once a group of professors of an esteemed university were given a mandate to conduct a survey in a very specific area of human nature. The professors met and took a few weeks to put together a questionnaire comprising of various questions that delved into the human nature.

Finally, when the questionnaire was prepared, they had to get an approval to proceed from the board of chancellors. Once the go-ahead was given, they put out an advertisement in the local newspaper asking for volunteers.

Among the volunteers selected were a pair of twins who were raised by their alcoholic father.

One grew up to be an alcoholic and when asked what happened, he said "I watched my father."

The other grew up and never drank in his life. When asked what happened, he said "I watched my father."

Two boys, same father, but two widely different perspectives.

~ Author Unknown

Your perspective in life will determine your destination.

~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

2019-40 - Kindness...

I just found out that there is a kid inn my daughter's school bus that keeps hitting her. I spent the whole evening coaching her on how to defend herself, and to get an adult to intervene.

Today she got home and I asked her how it went... I'm sad and yet also proud to say she didn't do what I told her.

She resolved the conflict her own way. She told the kid "I'll be your friend if you don't hit me."

That was the end of it. Six years of law enforcement, military training, crisis intervention, and two bachelors degrees and I never considered the kid might just need a friend, someone to show him kindness.

My daughter taught me a valuable lesson today.

~ Author Unknown

Love will find its way through all languages on its own.

~ Rumi

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

2019-39 - Should I Get Involved?

I was walking down a dimly lit street one evening when I heard muffled screams coming from behind a clump of bushes. Only yards from where I stood, a woman was being attacked.

I was frightened for my own safety. What if I became another statistic? Shouldn't I just run to the nearest phone and call the police?

Already the girl's cries were growing weaker. I knew I had to act fast. I could not turn my back on the fate of this unknown woman. I don't know where I found the moral, courage and physical strength, but once I had finally resolved to help the girl, I became strangely transformed.

I ran behind the bushes and pulled at the assailant. Grappling, we wrestled for a few minutes until the attacker jumped up and escaped. Panting hard, I scrambled upright and approached the girl. In the darkness, I could barely see her outline, but I could certainly sense her trembling shock.

Not wanting to frighten her any further, I at first spoke to her from a distance. "It's OK," I said soothingly. "The man ran away. You're safe now."

There was a long pause and then I heard the words, uttered in wonder, in amazement. "Dad, is that you?"

And then, from behind the tree, stepped my youngest daughter, Katherine.

~ Author Unknown

I am involved in mankind, and therefore never need to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

~ John Donne

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

2019-38 - Jewels under the Saddle...

Once a merchant purchased a fine camel after striking a hard bargain. On arriving home, he told his servant to remove the camel's saddle, but when doing so, the servant found a small pouch, filled with precious jewels.

The servant was overexcited!!! "Master you bought a camel... but see what came FREE along with it!!!" The astonished merchant looked at the jewels, but he thought, "I bought the camel, not the jewels. I must return them to the camel seller immediately!" The servant was aghast... "Master, no one will ever know." But the merchant headed right back to the market and handed over the velvet pouch back to the camel seller.

The camel seller was very happy, "I had forgotten that I hid these jewels in the saddle for safe keeping. Here, choose one of the jewels for yourself, as a reward." The merchant said "I paid a fair price for the camel and the camel only, so NO thank you, I do not need any reward." As the camel seller kept insisting, the merchant said, sheepishly smiling, "Actually I have already kept two of the most precious jewels for myself."

At this confession the camel seller quickly emptied the pouch to count the jewels and said,  "All my jewels are here. What jewels did you keep?"

The merchant responded, "The two most precious, my INTEGRITY, and my SELF-RESPECT."

~ Author Unknown

Integrity is the ability to do the right thing when you can get away with doing the wrong thing..

~ Author Unknown