Monday, April 24, 2006

Sand and stone

Sand and Stone

A story tells that 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,
he 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 his
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 other friend replied: "When someone
hurts us, we should write it down in sand,
where the 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 blessings in stone.


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