Monday, January 23, 2012

TAKE A REALLY DEEP BREATH

Just Stay
 
 
 
 
 
A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.
 
 
 
"Your son is here," she said to the old man.
 
 
 
She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened.
 
 
 
Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.
 
 
 
The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.
 
 
 
 
 
He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.
 
 
 
Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.
 
 
 
Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.
 
 
 
Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.
 
 
 
"Who was that man?" he asked.
 
 
 
 
 
The nurse was startled, "He was your father," she answered.
 
 
 
 
 
"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."
 
 
 
"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?"
 
 
 
"I knew right away there had been a mistake,
 
 
 
but I also knew he needed his son, and his
 
son just wasn't here.
 
 
 
When I realized that he was too sick to tell
 
 
 
whether or not I was his son,
 
 
 
knowing how much he needed me, I stayed."
 
 
 
I came here tonight to find a Mr. x.
 
His Son was Killed  today, and I was sent to
 
inform him. What was this Gentleman's Name?
 
 
 
The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered,
 
Mr. x.............
 
 
 
 
 
The next time someone needs you ... just be there. Stay.
 
 
 
 
 
**************
 
 
 
WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS GOING THROUGH A
TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.
 
 
 
WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY HUMAN EXPERIENCE.
 
 
 


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Friday, January 13, 2012

The train

In the name of God who has put love  and mercy among our hearts ( verily in that are signs for who reflect )
 
A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the operational track.
 
The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?
 

Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make................
 
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Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way, I guess. Exactly, I thought the same way initially because to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally. But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?
 
Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was. This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are. The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him.
 
The great critic Leo Velski Julian who told the story said he would not try to change the course of the train because he believed that the kids playing on the operational track should have known very well that track was still in use, and that they should have run away if they heard the train's sirens. If the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the train could come over to that track! Moreover, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe. If the train was diverted to the track, we could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificing hundreds of people to save these few kids.
 
While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be made, we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be the right one.
 
"Remember that what's right isn't always popular... and what's popular isn't always right."
 
Everybody makes mistakes; that's why they put erasers on pencils.
 


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Monday, January 9, 2012

GOD'S blessings

A young man was getting ready to Graduate College. For many months
he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's  showroom, and
knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he
wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his
father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his
graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told
him
how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved
him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.  Curious, but
somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely,
leather-bound Holy script. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father
and said, "With all your money you give me a holy script?"  and stormed
out of the house, leaving the holy book.
He never contacted his father again for a long time.
Many years passed and the young man was
very successful in business. He had a beautiful home
and a wonderful family, but realized his
father was very old and thought perhaps he should go
to him. He had not seen him since that
graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he
received a telegram telling him his
father had passed away, and willed all of his
possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take
care of things.
 
When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness
and regret filled his heart. He began to
search his father's important papers and saw the still
new Holy script, just as he had left it years
ago. With tears, he opened the Holy script and began to turn
the pages. As he read those words, a
car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the
Holy script. It had a tag with the dealer's
name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had
desired. On the tag was the date of his
graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss GOD'S blessings because
they are not packaged as we expected?
 
 
If this touched
your heart, please pass it on, does not
matter what religion you belong to the message is for everyone .


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