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DON’T WE ALL

DON'T WE ALL


I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had just come from the car wash and was waiting for my friend to get out of work.
Coming my way from across the parking lot was what society would consider a bum.
From the looks of him, he had no car, no home, no clean clothes, and no money. There are times when you feel generous but there are other times that you just don’t want to be bothered. This was one of those “don’t want to be bothered times.”
“I hope he doesn’t ask me for any money,” I thought.
He didn’t.
He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop but he didn’t look like he could have enough money to even ride the bus.
After a few minutes he spoke.
“That’s a very pretty car,” he said.
He was ragged but he had an air of dignity around him. His scraggly beard kept more than his face warm.
I said, “thanks,” and continued wiping off my car.


He sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never came.
As the silence between us widened something inside said, “ask him if he needs any help.” I was sure that he would say “yes” but I held true to the inner voice.
“Do you need any help?” I asked.
He answered in three simple but profound words that I shall never forget.
We often look for wisdom in great men and women. We expect it from those of higher learning and accomplishments.

I expected nothing but an outstretched grimy hand. He spoke the three words that shook me.
“Don’t we all?” he said.

I was feeling high and mighty, successful and important, above a bum in the street, until those three words hit me like a twelve gauge shotgun.
Don’t we all?
I needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed help. I reached in my purse and gave him not only enough for bus fare, but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day. Those three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have, no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too. No matter how little you
have, no matter how loaded you are with problems, even without money or a place to sleep, you can give help.

Even if it’s just a compliment, you can give that.
You never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.
They are waiting on you to give them what they don’t have. A different perspective on life, a glimpse at something beautiful, a respite from daily chaos, that only you through a torn world can see.
Maybe the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe he was more than that.

Maybe he was sent by a power that is great and wise,

Maybe God looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum, then said, “go to that lady cleaning the car, that lady needs help.”
Don’t we all?

WISDOM

”Pearls of Wisdom”

We are born with 2 eyes in front because
we must not always look behind,
but see what lies ahead beyond ourselves……

We are born with 2 ears– one left, one right,
so we can hear both sides, collect both
the compliments and criticisms,
to see which are right…….

We are born with a brain concealed in a skull
that no matter how poor we are, we are still rich,
for no one can steal what our brain contains……….

We are born with 2 eyes, 2 ears, but 1 mouth,
for the mouth is a sharp weapon. It can hurt,
flirt, & even kill……….

Remember our motto is to:
Talk less, & listen & see more……..

We are born with only one heart, deep in our ribs.
It reminds us to appreciate & give love from deep within…….

To handle yourself, use your head;
And To handle others, use your heart……….

Beauty of a Woman

A little boy asked his mother, “Why are you crying?” “Because I’m a
woman,” she told him. “I don’t understand,” he said. His Mom just
hugged him and said, “And you never will.”

Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does mother seem to cry
for no reason?” “All women cry for no reason,” was all his dad could
say. The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why
women cry.

Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he
asked, “God,Why do women cry so easily?”

God said: “When I made the woman she had to be special.
I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world,
yet gentle enough to give comfort. I gave her an inner strength to
endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her
children.
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone
else gives up,
and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without
complaining.
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all
circumstances,
even when her child has hurt her very badly.
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and
fashioned her
from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife,
but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him
unfalteringly.

And finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to
use whenever it is needed.”

“You see my son,” said God, “the beauty of a woman is not in
the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries,
or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because
that is the doorway to her heart – the place where love resides.”