I lived in Alabama on a half-acre lot blessed with huge oak trees that were 40 feet in diameter. They were HUGE! The house was laid out such that every bedroom faced the backyard. Each bedroom had a large picture window. The view was breathtaking. I enjoyed just looking at the trees. In the fall. I would identify a particular leaf that was falling and watched it for what seemed like 5 minutes before it fell to earth.
One day I invited this married couple over to enjoy the view from the bedroom window. I took them into the bedroom and excitedly pointed to the trees out of the window and exclaimed , ” Just Look!”
After about 20 seconds, there was no comment from the couple, I however noticed a big frown on the woman’s face. I said “Whats wrong?’ She was reluctant to reply. I insisted and again said, “Whats wrong?” She relented and said, “Don’t you see those fingerprints on the glass?” I turned and looked and there were what seemed to be fifty or more fingerprints on the glass. I ran for the Windex to clean the glass. The lady ” Oh I didn’t mean for you to clean it now.
The morale here is this. That lady never saw the trees. Even when I tried to point then out. She missed it. I didn’t see the fingerprints. I was looking through the glass not at it. When the fingerprints were pointed out to me, I saw them and removed them. The lady never saw the trees, she focused on the fingerprints and she never got past them.
Life is much like that. There are things in life that are good and things that are bad. You choose which things you want to focus on. I focus on the trees. What are you focusing on? William Lambert
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I was reminded of this great story last week, so was prompted to share – something to think about
There was once a young ballerina who had taken ballet lessons all through her childhood. She wanted to be a prima ballet dancer, but she wanted to be sure that she had the talent. When a ballet company came to town, she went backstage after the performance and spoke to the ballet master.
“I want to be a great ballet dancer, but I don’t know if I had the talent,” she said.
“Dance for me,” the master said. After a minute or two, he shook his head and said, “No, no, no, you don’t have what it takes to be a great ballerina.”
The young woman went home heartbroken. She tossed the ballet slippers into the closet and never wore them again. Instead she got married and had children. When the kids are old enough, she took a part time job manning a cash register at a corner shop.
Years later, the same ballet company came into town. She attended it and on the way out, she ran into the same old ballet master who was then in his 80s. She reminded him that they had spoken before. She showed him photos of her children and told him about the corner shop job that she is doing now. And then she asked, “There is just one thing that really bothered me. How could you tell me that I don’t have what it takes to be a great ballerina?”
“Oh, I barely looked at you when you danced. That’s what I told all of them who came to me,” he said.
“But…but, that’s unforgivable! You have ruined my life, I could have been a great ballet dancer,” she cried.
At this point, I would like you to pause and think for a while if the old ballet master was right.
Let’s continue the story.
“No, no … I don’t think so. If you have what it takes, you wouldn’t have paid any attention to what I said.” The old ballet master said.
Well, whose fault is it anyway? ( source unknown)
Once upon a time there was a wise man, who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?”
The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.”
“I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”
“The sun is up, and the tide is going out. And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”
“But, young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach, and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!” The young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”
Each of us can make a difference to this world. Everybody is useful and it is just the matter of whether you want to make a difference today or not.
A Man lived by the side of the road…and sold hot dogs.
He was hard of hearing, so he had no radio. He had trouble with his eyes, so he had no newspaper. But he sold good hot dogs.
He put up a sign on the highway, telling how good they were. He stood by the side of the road and cried, “Buy a hot dog, mister!” And People bought.
He increased his meat and bun order, and he bought a bigger stove to take care of his trade. He got his son home from college to help him. But then something happened. His son said, “Father, haven’t you been listening to the radio? There’s a big Depression on. The international situation is terrible, and the domestic situation is even worse.”
Whereupon the father thought, “Well, my son has gone to college. He listens to the radio and reads the newspaper, so he ought to know.” So, the father cut down on the bun order, took down his advertising sign, and no longer bothered to stand on the highway to sell hot dogs.
His hot dog sales fell almost overnight. “You were right, son”, the father said to the boy. “We are certainly in the middle of a Great Depression.”
Moral of the story —
Stop reading the newspaper, turn off the news on the radio and television, and KEEP SELLING !!