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 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 the 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 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.
Take the time to live!
Do not value the things you have in your life, but value who you have in your life!
(Thank you, Margie, for the above story!)
Winter will soon be over, but until we're sure, thought you'd enjoy this gift suggestion for perhaps a friend's upcoming birthday (or hold it over till next year's December/January/February B.D.):
1 pkg hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey kisses
1 handful of miniature marshmallows
1 candy cane (or perhaps some mint patties or the round striped mints)
Optional: Include a fancy spoon or a stirring stick
Put items in a mug and wrap with cellophane.
Include this poem:
Was told you've been real good this year
Always glad to hear it.
With freezing weather drawing (or already) near
You'll need a little Snowman Soup.
Complete with stirring stick
Add hot water, sip it slow
It's sure to do the trick!
Watch the smiles!
A true friend is one who is concerned about what we are becoming, who sees beyond the present relationship, and who cares deeply about us as a whole person. --Gloria Gaither