Ralph Waldo Emerson
Positive Inspirational Attitude Stories
Loyalty and Friendship
A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother of pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.
He and the dog walked towards the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'
'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.
'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked. 'Of course, sir. Come right in and I'll have some ice water brought right up.' The man gestured, and the gate began to open.'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveller asked.
'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.' The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.
After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road, which led through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence and as he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree, reading a book.
'Excuse me!' he called to the reader. 'Do you have any water?'
'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there.' The man pointed to a place that couldn't be seen from outside the gate. 'Come on in.'
'How about my friend here?' the traveller gestured to the dog. 'There should be a bowl by the pump' replied the man. They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.
The traveller filled the bowl, then he gave it to the dog and took a long drink himself. When they had quenched there thirst, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.
'What do you call this place?' the traveller asked. 'This is Heaven,' he answered.
'Well, that's confusing,' the traveller said.' The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'
'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope, that's Hell.'
'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?' replied the traveller.
'No! I can see how you might think so, but we're just happy that they screen out the folks who'll leave their best friends behind.'
Written by Mark Horton
Mark Horton is an Australian based speaker, author and performance coach. Mark is one person who exemplifies in every way, how having the right attitude will help us all to overcome the many obstacles that we face in life. His book is a great read and well worth the investment, and his conference and key note presentations are inspirational.
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- The Carpenter
- What am I
- People will probably forget what you said . . .
- The Star Fish Story
- I have a choice about today
- The parable of the marbles
- A New Ending
- I packed your parachute
- The Touchstone
- Knowing right from wrong and embracing it
- If you think you can't
- Loyalty and Friendship
- Reacting to Rita
- Think About This
- Not your ordinary sand castle
- Be Thankful
- The Trouble Tree
- Each day is a gift
- How's your life
- Some natural highs
- An interesting funeral
- Recipe for forever
- Steps to happiness
- The Optimist Creed
- Digging for Gold
- Broken Eggs and Shattered Glass
- Dancing with Friends
- Priceless gifts you can give
- Living life and having fun
- Please listen to me
- Life is a Hallmark Card
- The power of responsibility
- Whose list are you on?
- If only we believe
- The wit and wisdom of dogs
- Share your time
- The man who sold very good hotdogs
- All just part of my job!
- Reflection of you
- When the wind blows
- The Train Story a journey, an experience, and a feeling
- Attitude on Life
- The Obstacle in our Path
- Because the sun was shining
- Reflecting on Life
- Glowing and Growing with the Appreciation