Friendship…


Handicap

 

This is the story of a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Kargil. He called his parents from Kashmir.

“Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me.

“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”

“There’s something you should know,” the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”

“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”

“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the Kashmir police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.

The grief-stricken parents flew to Kashmir and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care….

 

Evergreen Wishes,

 

S.R.Karthik

 

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Be Patient !!!


BE PATIENT!!!

 

A man came out of his home to admire his new truck.

 

To his puzzlement, his three-year-old son was happily hammering dents into the shiny paint of the truck.

 

The man ran to his son, knocked him away, and hammered the little boy’s hands into pulp as punishment.

 

When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital.

 

Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones, he finally had to amputate fingers from boy’s both hands.

 

When the boy woke up from the surgery and saw his bandaged stubs, he innocently said, “Daddy, I’m sorry about your truck.”

 

Then he asked, “But when are my fingers going to grow back?”

 

The father went home and committed suicide.

 

Think about this story the next time someone steps on your feet or you wish to take revenge.

 

Think first before you lose your patience with someone u love.

 

Trucks can be repaired.

 

Broken bones and hurt feelings often can’t.

 

Too often we fail to recognize the difference between the person and the performance.

 

We forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge.

 

People make mistakes.

 

We are allowed to make mistakes.

 

But the actions we take while in a rage will haunt us forever.

 

Pause and ponder.

 

Think before you act.

 

Be patient.

 

Forgive and forget.

 

Love one and all.

 

Cheers,

 

SRK

MAY I NEVER GET TOO BUSY IN MY OWN AFFAIRS!


 

MAY I NEVER GET TOO BUSY IN MY OWN AFFAIRS!

 

It was a bitter, cold evening.

 

The old man’s beard was glazed by winter’s frost while he waited for a ride across the river.

 

The wait seemed endless.

 

His body became numb and stiff from the frigid north wind.

 

He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along the frozen path.

 

Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the bend.

 

He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention.

 

Then another passed by… and another.

 

Finally, the last rider neared the spot where the old man sat like a snow statue.

 

As this one drew near, the old man caught the rider’s eye and said, “Sir, would you mind giving an old man a ride to the other side? There doesn’t appear to be a passageway by foot.”

 

Reining his horse, the rider replied, “Sure thing. Hop aboard.”

 

Seeing the old man was unable to lift his half-frozen body from the ground, the horseman dismounted and helped the old man onto the horse.

 

The horseman took the old man not just across the river, but to his destination, which was just a few miles away.

 

As they neared the tiny but cozy cottage, the horseman’s curiosity caused him to inquire,

 

“Sir, I notice that you let several other riders pass by without making an effort to secure a ride. Then I came up and you immediately asked me for a ride.

 

I’m curious why, on such a bitter winter night; you would wait and ask the last rider. What if I had refused and left you there?”

 

The old man lowered himself slowly down from the horse, looked the rider straight in the eyes, and replied,

 

“I’ve been around here for some time. I reckon I know people pretty good.”

 

The old-timer continued,

 

“I looked into the eyes of the other riders and immediately saw there was no concern for my situation. It would have been useless even to ask them for a ride.

 

But when I looked into your eyes, kindness and compassion were evident.

 

I knew, then and there, that your gentle spirit would welcome the opportunity to give me assistance in my time of need.”

 

Those heartwarming comments touched the horseman deeply.

 

“I’m most grateful for what you have said,” he told the old man.

 

“May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and compassion.”

 

Urs,

 

SRK