Monday, October 8, 2007

Lovely words...

Whatever the mind can conceive of and believe in, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill


I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
'Oh excuse me please' was my reply.

He said, 'Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you.'

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
'Move out of the way,' I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,

'While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes.'

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
'Wake up, little one, wake up,' I said.

'Are these the flowers you picked for me?'
He smiled, 'I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue.'

I said, 'Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way.'
He said, 'Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway.'

I said, 'Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue.'

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company
that we are working for could easily replace us in
a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss
for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more
into work than into our own family,
an unwise investment indeed,
don't you think?
So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?


winniethepooh said...

yeah i agree, often we are nicer to stranger than our own family...i always try to say 'pls, thank you, can you..' to my family n sometimes they will say, "aiya family need to be so polite?" *slap forehead* hehe..

nyonyapenang said...

Hi Nightwing,

Thanks so much for the reminder.

Puteri said...

I've read this before. Can't remember from where. Could have been forwarded to me in an email.

I think it is true, how we take our family members for granted. I know I have been guilty of this very "sin"!

Nightwing said...

Hi Winnie, ya, thats true. My dad instill 'pls, thank you, can you' into all of us. Now my bros are 'trained' already. Even after i drop them off to tuition or reach home, automatic...say 'thank you'.

After makan (if eat outside)...they also say thanks to dad.

Well train...:) But do not know whether they do that to other people...haha.

Keep well now Winnie.

Nightwing said...

Helo Nyonyapenang,

Thanks for popping in. i am sure we all do that some times, for it will be my bros.

Keep well now..Cheers.

Nightwing said...

Hi Puteri,

Ya, i think it is from email. But i got this from Miricommunity, some one posted it, and i thought it was i posted here too.

Keep well now.

Ms eNVy said...

An interesting reminder regarding family .. I am missing mine dearly! :(

Nightwing said...

Helo Ms Envy,

I am sure they misses you too. Any who...they always be in ur mind and heart...That is something no one can take away.

Keep well now..