InspirEmail No 130 - March 24, 2008
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

Moving Rocks

A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic pail, and a shiny, red plastic shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox. The boy dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With a little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the large rock across the sandbox by using his feet.

When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, he found that he couldn't roll it up and over the wall of sandbox. Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, & shoved; but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers. Finally he burst into tears of frustration.

All this time the boy's father watched from his living room window as the drama unfolded. At the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox.

It was the boy's father. Gently but firmly he said, 'Son, why didn't you use all the strength that you had available?'

Defeated, the boy sobbed back, 'But I did, Daddy, I did! I used all the strength that I had!'

'No, son,' corrected the father kindly.

'You didn't use all the strength you had. You didn't ask me.'

With that the father reached down, picked up the rock and removed it from the sandbox.

Do you have 'rocks' in your life that need to be removed? Are you discovering that you don't have what it takes to lift them? There is always someone such as a loved one or a friend available to us and who is willing to give us the strength we need. Isn't it funny how in life we often try so hard to do things ourselves, when all we had to do was ask for help?

Author Unknown

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As I sit here, contemplating who exactly I am, I cannot help but reflect over my life. The enjoyable times and the dire, readily spring to mind. For we tend only to recall the extremes - our most contented of moments or our most heartrending of times.

Most of our life vanishes you see, into a vast sink hole of mediocrity recollections:

What did you have for lunch on Sept 9th last year?
What colour shoes were you wearing?
Who did you speak to?
What was the headline for the day?
Did you laugh out loud?

Now think back to your last birthday. What did you have for lunch that day? Who called and wished you birthday greetings? Did you laugh that day?

Now, I know it is an unpleasant task, think of when a loved one passed away. I suspect you recall every sombre moment, with crystal clear clarity. Perhaps a tear will form in your eye as you evoke that sadness, yet it is those seemingly mundane, everyday moments that make us who we are. That represent us in our memories to others.

For each and every one is magical, precious and alas fleeting . . . you have fewer moments on the earth now, as when you began to read these assembled words. So go forth and conquer, each and every one.

Written by P S Gifford

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If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else
Booker T. Washington

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