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InspirEmail No 252 - March 4th, 2013 - The Little Nail
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'


The Little Nail

As the story goes, a new church was built and people came from far and wide to see it, and admire its beauty. Up on the roof of the church, a little nail heard the people praising everything about the lovely new structure, except the nail. No one even knew he was there and he became very angry and jealous.

'If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me if I quit!'

So the nail released its hold of the roof shingle it had been holding in place, then slid down the roof and fell into a muddy patch of ground.

That night it rained and rained, and the wind blew hard. Soon, the shingle that had no nail holding it in place blew away and the roof began to leak. The water streaked the walls and the beautiful murals. The plaster began to fall off the walls, the carpet was stained and the pulpit was badly damaged. All this because a little nail decided to quit.

But what of the nail? While holding the shingle, it was obscure, but it was also very useful. Buried in the mud it was just as obscure, but now it was of no use and would soon by eaten up by rust. We should always remember that every human being is important. Like the nail, you may feel obscure at times, but just like the nail, your absence is always felt. When you are not present in other's lives, in some way they hurt and will miss you.

Author Unknown

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Reflections

'Who am I today?' I ask . . . and I wonder if I'll ever know.
I know the past has shaped me now, though the past was long ago.

The little moments form a blur, the times both happy and sad.
All the people I once knew, and the things I used to have.

They all helped me to become where, what and who I am now.
And everything has influenced me . . . though I'm not sure exactly how.

But I'm thankful for the memories, from everyone I've ever met.
People I miss and people I love, even people I'd like to forget.

For these memories have helped me grow, they've made me calm, yet strong.
And now there's a story to my life, that they've been writing all along.

So, thank you for the memories, without them, who would I be?
Because somewhere in my memories are the things that define me.

Author Unknown

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No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself
Denis Waitley

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