Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sand & Stone

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 on the face.

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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.

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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.


Do not value the things you have in your life, but value who you have in your life.


Originally posted at Living to Learn & Learning to Live on August 11, 2007.





9 comments:

Short Stop said...

I'll never forget reading this the first time...totally impacted me. I want this kind of heart...always willing to forgive, and purposefully remembering the kindnesses that others have done for me!

Marsha said...

Very beautifully said!

Christina said...

Beautiful illustration!!!

diana said...

i, too, love this. it's great that you were able to make and add graphics to it. visuals always help. thanks for sharing this again.

Heidi Jo said...

missed it the first time. great visuals...a reminder i always need! i think it's especially true in marriages.

Lori said...

Great post. Great reminder to value the people in our lives instead of the things in our lives.

try2bAsunbeam said...

I know this probably isn't on thesame thought pattern as you, but your wonderful post makes me think of a bible verse I read this week.

Prov. 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,

But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

I need to remember that sometimes my faithful true friend slaps me in the face (points out my sin) in order to save me from drowning myself...

Regina said...

Beautiful & True! Love is the greatest gift!

Qtpies7 said...

Wow, I love this. I don't think I 've read it before.