Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
Yesterday I told you a little bit about my friend Laura, by the way she is the current president of my Kiwanis club. I think one of her greatest attributes is her unwillingness to spend too much time on why not; rather while others are talking about what they might do she just starts doing it. She is an effective leader not because of her ability to motivate as much as her ability to set an example. She regularly does more and contributes more with unselfish grace.
She truly exemplifies the rewards that come from doing what can be done for the good of all. She does not search for recognition yet I often see the results of her labor and know that few will realize who it was that made the difference. There are unknown heroes all around us, they make our world a better place and for that I am grateful.
Here is a story that I hope you like as much as I do.
The Acorn Planter
by Brian Cavanaugh
In the 1930s a young traveler was exploring the French Alps. He came upon a vast stretch of barren land. It was desolate. It was forbidding. It was ugly. It was the kind of place you hurry away from.
Then, suddenly, the young traveler stopped dead in his tracks. In the middle of this vast wasteland was a bent-over old man. On his back was a sack of acorns. In his hand was a four-foot length of iron pipe.
The man was using the iron pope to punch holes in the ground. Then from the sack he would take an acorn and put it in the hole. Later the old man the traveler, "I've planted over 100,000 acorns. Perhaps only a tenth of them will grow." The old man's wife and son had died, and this was how he chose to spend his final years. "I want to do something useful," he said.
Twenty-five years later the now-not-as-young traveler returned to the same desolate area. What he saw amazed him. He could not believe his own eyes. The land was covered with a beautiful forest two miles wide and five miles long. Birds were singing, animals were playing, and wild flowers perfumed the air.
The traveler stood there recalling the desolation that once was; a beautiful oak forest stood there now - all because someone cared.
When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand...a friend who cares.
The husband was adjusting his tie in front of the mirror tonight before this awards dinner and he asked his wife, "Honey, how many great men do you think there are in the world today?"
"One less than you think," his wife replied.
A careful study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.
Jill was attending her High School reunion and was having a blast. As the evening was drawing to a close, the master of ceremonies for the night proceeded to hand out bottles of champagne to the graduates who had traveled the farthest distance to attend the reunion, the graduate who had been married the longest time, the graduate who had become the most successful, etc. And Jill wondered if she was going to get a prize too. Sure enough, the master of ceremonies called out her name. "Jill, you win with 11 kids" and then, trying to be clever, he added in "And champagne is only half the prize. The other half is a giant, economy size bottle of aspirin."
"Don't bother with the aspirin," Jill replied. "It's pretty damn obvious with these many kids that I've never had a headache."
"The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault."
How to install a Redneck wireless security system:
Go to a second-hand store, buy a pair of men's used work boots ... a really big pair.
Put them outside your front door on top of a copy of Guns and Ammo magazine.
Put a dog dish beside it ... a really big dish.
Leave a note on your front door that says something like this:
"Bubba, Big Mike and I have gone to get more ammunition - back in 30 minutes. Don't disturb the pit bulls, they've just been wormed."
The irony of life is that by the time you're old enough to know your way around, you're not going anywhere.
A grandmother was pushing her little grandchild around Wal-Mart in a buggy. Each time she put something in the basket she would say, "And here's something for you, Diploma." or "This will make a cute little outfit for you, Diploma." and so on.
Eventually a bewildered shopper who'd heard all this finally asked, "Why do you keep calling your grandchild Diploma?"
The grandmother replied, "I sent my daughter to Virginia Tech and this is what she came home with!"
"Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long."
A college class was told they had to write a short story in as few words as possible. The instructions were that the short story had to contain the following three things:
Below is the only A+ paper in the class.
"Good God, I'm pregnant, I wonder who the father is."
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Before his daring escape from prison, an infamous criminal had been photographed from four different angles. The FBI sent copies of the pictures to police chiefs all across the land, with orders to notify Washington the moment an arrest was made.
The next day, the Bureau received a faxed reply from the ambitious sheriff of a small Southern town: "PICTURES RECEIVED. ALL FOUR SHOT DEAD WHILE RESISTING ARREST."
In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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