Monday, September 11, 2006

From Barb

Good Morning , you two,
I meant to share this a couple of days ago, but didn't get around to it,
but better late than never, right? The only thing that tops my love for
writing is reading. Books offer us so much, don't they? They take us on trips we could never afford to take, introduce us to wonderful people' they educate us, motivate us, uplift us, guide us, nurture us, humor us,  direct us, enlighten us - and a million other things as well. This
article touched me, reminded me of similar moments with my children
when they were younger. I thought you might enjoy it too.
   I pray you're doing better today, if not physically, than of the spirit.
We must strive to remember how near our Lord is; always the closest
when our life is the darkest. 
   *Love you both and am keeping you in prayer*

Do the Right Thing . . . . .Michael Josephson, Character Counts

    A father asked his son to return a shopping cart they had just used. The son protested, "C’mon, Dad! There are carts all over. No one returns them. That’s why they hire people to collect them."

    After a brief argument, Mom chimed in, "For heaven’s sake, it’s no big deal. Let’s go."

    The Dad was about to surrender when he noticed an elderly couple walking together to return their cart. After a moment he said, "Son, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who put their carts away and those who don’t. We are the kind that returns their shopping cart. Now go return the cart!"

    Obviously, this story is about more than grocery carts. It’s about doing the right thing in a world that promotes rationalizations and excuses, and demeans or trivializes simple acts of virtue. I suppose another way of putting it is—There two kinds of people: Those who have the character to do what they ought to and those who find reasons not to.

    People of character do the right thing even if no one else does, not because they think it will change the world, but because they refuse to be changed by the world.

1 comment:

fisherkristina said...

What a beautiful lesson from Barb.  So heartfelt is almost makes me want to cry.