Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spirit, life is a gift and Think

Friend Kathleen sent the following "forward" and wanted me to pass it on. I usually do not send forwards, but after reading it, I wanted to post it here. Kathleen was in a boating accident (not caused by her) which resulted in permanent brain injuries that have affected her life greatly. She speaks to groups about driving under the influence and I am very proud of her for that and for her positive spirit. Read on for her forward...


There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She
hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always
there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see
the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages
came off, she was able to see everything, including her

He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The
girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The
sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected
that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before
they were yours, they were mine.'

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes.
Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who
was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a Gift

Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone
who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone
who's crying out to GOD for a companion.

Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went
too early to heaven.

Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who
walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the
unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on
your face and think: you're alive and still around.


Love, Kathleen


Jannie Funster said...

THe part about teh eyes was so powerful.

And when you complain because you run out of orange juice, realize that water flows freely from your tap while somewhere someone plans their whole day around how to get water.

Lynn said...

I thought that was so thought provoking since it was sent by someone who has had to overcome so many obstacles. It does make me stop and think.