One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying toendure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her – generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s.
The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be in a big hurry! She wrote down his address, thanked him and drove away.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: “Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.”
- Offer help to anyone who needs it
- Thank others for helping you.
- If you help someone. Someone will help you.
If everyone does just these, the whole world will live in happiness.
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The Donkey in the well
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally he decided since the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. So, the farmer invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels, and began to shovel dirt into the well.
All the other farm animals were very upset about this, because the donkey was their friend. But they discovered there was nothing they could do to help him. At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw.
With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off, and take a step up on the dirt as it piled up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well, and trotted off!
MORAL: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. But each trouble can be a stepping stone. What happens to you isn’t nearly as important as how you react to it. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not giving up!
Shake it off, and take a step up!
The Lion and the Mouse
It was a hot summer day. Sun was shining bright up in the sky. A lion was sitting under the shade of a big tree and in some time got asleep. Nearby that tree, there was a hole, in which there lived a mouse. When the lion was sleeping, the mouse came out of its hole and saw him asleep.
Unaware of the lions strength, it got tickled by an idea. It thought of waking up the lion by running over his body just for fun.
Unfortunately, the lion seized it in his strong paw. He was going to kill it when it begged, Spare me, sir; some day I may repay your mercy.
The lion was amused hearing its words and let it go with a smile thinking that how can such a small mouse be of any help to me.
But a day came, when the lion got into trouble. He got caught in a hunter’s net under that very tree. As a result, he started roaring loudly.
On hearing his roar, the mouse came out of its hole. This was the time to pay back the lion’s mercy. So, immediately it nibbled the cords of the net and set the lion free
Remember, mercy never goes unrewarded.