Monday, June 2, 2008

Sand & Stone

I got this from a fellow I went to grade school & high school with.  He & his wife live in AZ and he's fighting a valiant battle with cancer.
 
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TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING
THROUGH THE DESERT.
DURING SOME POINT OF THE
JOURNEY THEY HAD AN
ARGUMENT AND ONE FRIEND
SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE
IN THE FACE.
  
THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED
WAS HURT BUT, WITHOUT
SAYING ANYTHING,
WROTE IN THE SAND:

'TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.'

THEY KEPT ON WALKING
UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS
WHERE THEY DECIDED
TO TAKE A BATH.

THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN
SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE
MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.

AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM
THE NEAR DROWNING,
HE WROTE ON A STONE:


'TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SAVED MY LIFE.'

THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED
AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND
ASKED HIM, 'AFTER I HURT YOU,
YOU WROTE IN THE SAND, AND NOW
YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?'

THE FRIEND REPLIED
'WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US,
WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN
IN SAND WHERE WINDS OF
FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.
BUT WHEN SOMEONE DOES
SOMETHING GOOD FOR US,
WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE
WHERE NO WIND
CAN EVER ERASE IT.'

LEARN TO WRITE
YOUR HURTS IN
THE SAND AND TO
CARVE  YOUR
BENEFITS IN STONE.

THEY SAY IT TAKES A
MINUTE TO FIND A SPECIAL
PERSON, AN HOUR TO
APPRECIATE THEM, 
A DAY TO LOVE THEM,
BUT THEN AN ENTIRE LIFE
TO FORGET THEM.


SEND THIS TO
THE PEOPLE YOU'LL NEVER
FORGET.
  
I JUST DID.

IF YOU DON'T
SEND IT TO ANYONE,
IT MEANS YOU'RE IN A
HURRY AND THAT YOU'VE
FORGOTTEN YOUR FRIENDS.
  
TAKE THE TIME TO LIVE!

DO NOT VALUE THE THINGS
YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE, BUT VALUE
WHO YOU HAVE IN
YOUR LIFE!
  
AND IF I HAPPEN TO GET IT BACK,
THEN I KNOW MY PLACE IN YOUR LIFE
  
'Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet
is fighting some kind of battle.'

9 comments:

lv2trnscrb said...

that is a good wise life lesson, Linda; I hope your friend wins his valiant fight that he's fighting

betty

jjdolfin9 said...

Very nice Linda.  I'm sorry to hear about your friend.  So many are suffering right now.  We should be wearing our knee's out every day in prayer for our world.
Hugs, Joyce

deshelestraci said...

This is good advice!
Traci

jeadie05 said...

My Prayers for your friend and his wife ..love Jan xx

nightmaremom said...

great message... good thoughts to your friends
hugs
d

kamdghwmw said...

That is so awesome!
Kelli
http://journals.aol.com/kamdghwmw/noonmom

mariealicejoan said...

Wonderful message Linda. Thanks so much for sharing!
Marie
 http://ayearatoakcottage.blogspot.com/  

wwfbison said...

This is nice, I hope he wins the battle.
Lisa

fasttrack58 said...

Special thoughts for your friend...
Linda...