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Archive for July 18th, 2007

Box Of Cookies

angel on Jul-18-2007

33_250x2501.jpgImagine you’re in an airport. While you’re waiting for your flight, you notice a kiosk selling shortbread cookies. You buy a box, put them in your traveling bag and then you patiently search for an available seat so you can sit down and enjoy your cookies.

Finally you find a seat next to a gentleman. You reach down into your traveling bag and pull out your box of shortbread cookies. As you do so, you notice that the gentleman starts watching you intensely. He stares as you open the box and his eyes follow your hand as you pick up the cookie and bring it to your mouth. Just then he reaches over and takes one of your cookies from the box and eats it!

You’re more than a little surprised at this. Actually, you’re at a loss for words. Not only does he take one cookie, but he alternates with you. For every one cookie you take, he takes one!

Now, what’s your immediate impression of this guy? Crazy? Greedy? He’s got some nerve! Can you imagine the words you might use to describe this man to your associates back at the office? Meanwhile, you both continue eating the cookies until there’s just one left.

To your surprise, the man reaches over and takes it. But then he does something unexpected. He breaks it in half, and gives half to you. After he’s finished with his half he gets up, and without a word, he leaves.

You think to yourself, “Did this really happen?” You’re left sitting there dumbfounded and still hungry. So you go back to the kiosk and buy another box of cookies. You then return to your seat and begin opening your new box of cookies when you glance down into your traveling bag.

Sitting there in your bag is your original box of cookies — still unopened.

Only then did you realize that when you reached down earlier, you had reached into the other man’s bag and grabbed his box of cookies by mistake!

Now what do you think of the man? Generous? Tolerant? You’ve just experienced a profound paradigm shift. You’re seeing things from a new point of view.

Is it time to change your point of view? Now, think of this story as it relates to your life. Seeing things from a new point of view can be very enlightening. Think outside the box. Don’t settle for the status quo. Be open to suggestions. Things may not be what they seem.

Your Best Friend

angel on Jul-18-2007

images.jpgLast night you and your best friend had a fight. You decide not to talk to her the next day. She smiles at you. You grind your teeth at her. She tells her friends nice things about you. You spread bad rumors about her. She tries to come and talk to you. But you push her aside. She thinks you are a great friend. You think she is a terrible friend. She writes nice notes to you, telling you about the best times you shared together. You write about all the bad times you can remember experiencing together. Deep down you know she’s sorry. But all you have is hate.

The next day you receive a note. It reads:

“I tried to tell you yesterday, but you didn’t let me speak, I tried to tell you good things, but you were afraid to hear them. I tried to smile at you, to take away the hate. But now it’s time to tell you, even though it’s a bit late… that I am dying. I have a bad condition and it is getting worse. I’m sorry to have to tell you that I won’t be able to see you today. I wrote this to you today in the hospital. My time is up. I’m sorry I should have told you sooner. I’m really sorry about our argument, you are such a great friend. I promise I’ll watch over you.”

You run to the hospital to tell her you are sorry, But only her mom is left. Her hand clasped over her face. And she was crying. Down on her knees she prays, for her daughter to come back. You are too late. You wish you told her sorry sooner and got to say goodbye.

All friends have their ups and downs, and sometimes you need to say sorry… Don’t wait for the other person to do it first. Because you never know what could happen.