blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a
sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a
few coins in the hat.
man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into
the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put
the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The
boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed
my sign this morning? What did you write?"
man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different
way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."
signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy
was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were
not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil
and developing goodness. Paddy grains have to be de-husked in order to become
edible as rice. Cotton has to be converted as yarn to become wearable cloth. Gold
nuggets have to be heated in the crucible to remove the impurities. Man too, must
purify his impulses, emotions and desires and cultivate good thoughts, words and
deeds so that he can progress spiritually." ~ Prasanthi Nilayam
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others towards good with wisdom. Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets.
When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons
to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence.
Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.
(Contributed by Hilda who lives in Auburndale, Florida)