Sand, Stone, and Paper

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 bathe.

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.” 

They kept on walking until they came to a trading post. At the trading post, the one who had slapped his friend and then saved him sold his goods at hefty profit. He had worked on carving those bracelets for many, many months, and the shopkeeper was impressed with their exquisite beauty.

The friend who had been slapped and saved wrote an ode of joy and admiration on paper, folded it into an airplane and sailed it off into the wind.

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend, and sold his works of art asked him, “after I hurt you, you wrote in the sand. When I saved you, you wrote on a stone. When I sold my handicrafts, you sailed your ode off into the wind. Why?”

The friend replied, “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away. When someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it. And when someone experiences a good reason to be proud, we must celebrate the success and tell the world.”

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone – and to spread your friends’ successes to the world.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person; an hour to appreciate them; a day to love them; an entire life to remember them.

 Please…share this with your friends.

Courtesy of  Roberta Livingston in  Virginia makes everyone feel this way.

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