Think Outside the Box

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read: I am blind, please help. There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.”

What he had written was: Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing? Both signs told people the boy was blind, but the first sign simply told people to help by putting some money in the hat. The second sign told passersby they were able to enjoy the beauty of the day, while the boy could not because of his blindness. That sign reminded folks to be grateful; to remember things could be a lot worse. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently! There is ALWAYS A BETTER WAY!

And two important lessons:
-Use your gifts to help others whenever you can!
-Be grateful for the all the simple, yet wonderful, blessings in your life!

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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. –Marcel Proust

Thanks for the share, WK!