Be thankful

My Dad often forwards me jokes by email – at least he is using his computer!  Today, he sent me this little story below and it really touched me. Particularly at this hectic time of year we need to stop and think sometimes how lucky we are. I thought I’d like to share it with you all. I don’t know who wrote it or where it originated but hope it strikes a chord with you all.

hugs and ‘smiles’, Helen



A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.  He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, 
please help."  There were only a few coins in the hat..

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the  sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. 
Soon the hat began to fill up.  A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. 

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my  sign this morning?  
What did you write?"
The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." 
I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it." 
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. 
The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. 
Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story:  Be thankful for what you have.  Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and 
positively.. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. 
Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence.  Prepare for the future 
without fear.  Keep the faith and drop the fear. 
The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling…
And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason 
behind it!!!

I am thankful for…..

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