Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Sand and Stone


Two friends were walking through the desert. At some point during the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who was slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: "Today my best friend slapped me in the face." They kept on walking, until they found an oasis where they decided to bathe. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started to drown, but the friend saved him. After he had recovered from the near drowning, he carved on a stone: "Today my best friend saved my life." The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?" The friend replied "When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."
Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but; then an entire life to forget them.

TAKE THE TIME TO LIVE! DO NOT VALUE THE THINGS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE, BUT VALUE WHO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE!

56 comments:

melanie said...

Peajay, this is beautiful and so true!! Thanks for sharing! :)

anna said...

Excellent ... yet again Peajay... thanks :))

Talking Bear said...

It was ok, I guess. .....Just kidding I like it a lot. Great little story. I am still trying to figure out who Vic & Gem are. Hope all is well..:)

Peajay said...

Hi TB, you caught me, I have no idea who Vic and Gem are, it was the most appropriate picture when googling Writing in sand.

Glad you all liked it. I wish I could live a little bit more like it suggests, but it's more difficult to write your hurts in sand when they so easily engrave into your heart.

Melanie said...

when you think of the process of engraving linked with being done to a sensitive heart...one can only hope in time, with love and friendship, the hurts can be removed with a soft but persistant 'buffing'! :)

Talking Bear said...

I wish I could bear your pain. Hold you in a gentle embrace. Whisper into your ear that all is right and that I will watch over you. This is my world, the world of pain and suffering I see everyday. I am summoned to it and I run towards it. I would summon an army to fight for your peace. I am an American military man, I am the night watchman, I stand on that line between good and evil. This is my life.

I have a thousand wishs. I wish I could have saved 18 month old issac before his parents murder him, I wish I could have saved the 16 year old boy before he hung himself. I wish I had better word when the mother wept in my arms asking me why. I wish....well they go on and on. Yes I know this injured heart you speak of. But tommorow we must stand tall and face them once again. They never go away do they. We just kind of make friends with them and tell them to keep quite for another day.

Know this, That Mel and I deeply care about you as if you were apart of our own family here.

Peajay said...

I can find no words than Thank You. I am blessed to have you in my life.

anna said...

Good choice of films, Peajay :D

Fried Green Tomatoes, Lord of the Rings, The Green Mile and Steel Magnolias are among my favourites too :))

Talking Bear said...

Anna, I would be able to determine that you are female by your movie selection..:) ("Chick Flicks") Well at least FGT and SM are.

PJ, How was Pay it Forward. I still want to see that one.

Melanie said...

Peajay, I forgot about Frequency...loved the movie! I guess that means that I'll have to watch it again; it's been awhile!

I like the label cloud!

Peajay said...

Anna
Thank you, not everyone likes The Green Mile but it never harms to stretch the imagination.

TB
Pay It Forward was inspirational as was the book, although a bit of a shocker towards the end, I never saw it coming but then the same applies to Sixth Sense. I know most of them are Chick Flicks but I like them for the messages they carry. There's so much fascile rubbish in life without paying to sit through it at the cinema.

Mel
I caught Frequency late one night as I was going to bed and had a late night/early morning as I had to see it through. I think it slips through without much consideration but it's sure a goody.

The label cloud works quite well and should improve with more postings.

Melanie said...

Peajay, what spoke to me in the movie was the loss of the father (as I also experienced that at a young age)...and the desire/what if of being able to speak with him again...as well as the overall emphasis on the importance/cherishing of family and friends. Otherwise it was an interesting idea for a sci-fi/adventure get the bad guy film!! :)

Talking Bear said...

PJ, the chick flick comment was aimed towards Anna. I was just trying to get her goat a bit.....;)

Melanie said...

Anna, TB is good at that, but beware, he's an excellent wordsmith and comes up with the darndest things...enough to get a gal's petticoats twisted and twirlin, but he plays fair and he is funny! :)

Peajay said...

'a gal's petticoats twisted and twirlin' I'd wear trousers Anna when dealing with TB!! :)

Talking Bear said...

Well ladies, I guess your blogmate is just to timid to come out and play. Maybe a petticoat all spun around is to frigtful for Mrs. Anna. Anyway, I thought it would be worth a go to get some kind of response. Maybe she is scared of hairy bears or big strong men.

Talking Bear said...

1034 for a missing persons broadcast, this is 312D advising all units to be on the look out (BOLO) for an female white-approx 30-40 years old. Unknown hieght and weight. She has blonde hair with various color streaks, and goes by the alleged name of ANNA, NFD. Last seen somewhere in the UK cohorting with other unknown bloggers. She is wanted re: Blogermate negelect 12345 H&S. If there are no further questions, you can drop the patch, 312D.

anna said...

Hello TB,

Thanks for the 30 to 40 age span.... you're in my good books now!! :))

Chick Flicks? Now that is just a little bit chauvinistic... non? Maybe, a guy, like you needs to get in touch with his feminine side a bit more ...and emphasise with the 'magnolias' of this world. It's not unmanly to cry!! :))

In fact, if only more straight men would show that side of themselves .... the world would be a better and more peaceful place.:)

Too many men are buttoned up and expected to behave in a macho way ... personally, I think if they watched a few more Chick Flicks and let go a little we would all benefit :))

Talking Bear said...

What do you mean, I get in touch with my "feminine side" all the time.....When she is doing the dishes or washing my clothes. Ok, Yes I agree about to many men are to macho. I have enjoyed, yes enjoyed, some good chick flicks. Especialy the ones with Jessica Simpson. That southern accent kills me...even when my wife uses it....aarrrrr.

anna said...

You're just a big softie really TB.. I can tell :D

anna said...

One of my most favourite films is Master and Commander with Russell Crowe.... I've seen it quite a few times...:)

Talking Bear said...

Yea, that is a chick flick. What man wants to watch a movie with smelly men living/sleeping together and sailing a boat after more stinky men? The should have throw in a hot babe doing dishes or something if they want men to watch it.

anna said...

You could be right TB... after all Russell Crowe and lots of the other guys had pony-tails!!

Sailors.. pah!

What about Gladiator..... I like that one as well.... is that a Chick Flick? Russell Crowe as well (do you see a pattern emerging here?)....

The men did wear short skirts in that one and bond with each other a lot .. so yes, it could have been a chick flick as well...

Must have been the reason why I liked it ... and Russell Crowe of course :))

Talking Bear said...

Russell Crowe was in Gladiator? I just focused on Connie Nielsen and how bad she needed rescuing. I would have………well I won’t go there. Anyway, Both ‘Master and Commander’, and ‘Gladiator’ are great flicks. Chick flick or not, I liked them too. I can see why Master and Commander had no women in it, the men needed to get work done and not have to explain what they are doing ten times over.

anna said...

I noticed on the other blog that your Mrs..said your mum was German.

Have you been there much? I love Germany... I spent my teen years there ..Dad in RAF. Then, one of my sisters married a German guy and so, I've visited a lot over the years, since. Altho' they live back in the UK now.. they still go to Germany to visit his family... when they can.

If there was one other European country I could live in it would be Germany. I like France as well ... but don't feel quite as at home there as in Germany. (Must be the Saxon influence!!)

Whereabouts are your family from?

Talking Bear said...

My Mother and Father are both of Germany decent. I have been to Germany, from Bavaria to the Baltic. On my Dads side the family has been here since 1722. On my mothers side it is much more recent. In fact my Mother is the first American born in her family. My Mrs, is very good at genealogy. She has tracked my paternal family back to the 1500’s to the area now called Bern Switzerland. This line is also somehow tied to the Danes. It is my Dad’s mother’s line that goes back to northern Scotland – highlanders.
The family line, reportedly, has two Presidents (Jackson, and Wilson), a few famous Generals (Stonewall Jackson), and some adventure types of the old west (Annie Oakley).

On Moms side we are a part of the large Germany group that moved to Russia for a time and then to South Dakota. I think they are called Hooterites. Allegedly the family was associated somehow with Katherine the Great

I have been to 12 countries over there. I loved the Normandy part of France, as well as, some of the southern towns. By far my favorite is Austria. I felt like I had come home there.

anna said...

Well, that's interesting TB... I have first cousins called Jackson... they live in Northumberland and Yorkshire, England... maybe we're related from way back.

I'm not sure about any Wilsons but we do have Hoods, Halls and McGeorges. Ring any bells with you?

anna said...

Agree with you about Austria ... wonderful scenary and very friendly people ... and the food was very good.

Also, love Bavaria.. did you visit King Ludwig's castles?

Neuschswchannstein, Heirenchiemsee, and beautiful Linderhof. They are wonderful.. excuse my German spelling btw :))

Talking Bear said...

Mel went to those places, I climbed in the Alps instead. I did get over to a place called Obergurgle(SP) and that was nice. It is near the Italy border and is known for red garnets.

The Wilson line (I think) is the one that is connected to the Gunn clan.

Melanie said...

Anna, Speaking of Neuschswchannstein (the castle in the film), I'm just about to sit down and watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the kiddies, well, more to humour Dr D as she hasn't seen it since a toddler...we've ordered Pizza, too...while the cat's away!!! ;)) (actually, it's more like I didn't want to cook anything!!)

Talking Bear said...

O I C, I am nothing more than a cat? Hummmm

Talking Bear said...

PJ, I love the new clock. You are becoming a widget master....

Peajay said...

Thank you TB, got a bit fed up seeing same old clock wherever I went ;) so fancied a change. It would have been better if I could have thought of something worth posting rather than fiddling about. Inspiration will come to me soon.
At least you know where you stand as the cat, warm, fluffly and markedly independant. I think you should demand pizza for dinner though as you missed out!! ;)

Melanie said...

meow, here kitty kitty!!! ;D

Hi Peajay, he beat me to the clock comment, I think it's fantastic! Inspiration will come soon, no doubt when you're feeling better!!!

Ps as this is your blog, Peajay, I will spare you any comments towards cat's purring! ;D

Peajay said...

I always though Mark was the cat's whiskers anyway. :)) But thank you for not getting too graphic.

anna said...

Who is Mark....? Or can I guess?

Like the clock too btw... very snazzy. I was quite proud of mine till I saw that! :(

anna said...

Peajay,

I've got a groovy new clock too!! :))

Talking Bear said...

Yea, PJ, who the he*l is this Mark bloke? Is this another one I need to put on my list for special surveillance? I do know people that go unseen, living in the shadows of society. You know the type, their presence is only observed in the pages of confidential copyright. I can not keep track of all of these bucks running around with their nose up in the air sniffing for doe scent. ;)

Peajay said...

Hi TB
Ooops!! Have I revealed the name of the Milkman who only makes deliveries after you've left for work. ;D Have you never noticed how you have a constant supply of the white stuff in the fridge! :))

anna said...

Possibly Mark is the cat who got the cream!! :D

All the M's eh?

Talking Bear said...

Cream, kitties,....I think you ladies are being naughty. I am home, finally. What a long week. Today I had to present in front of a large group. It was odd working my way through a room full of dignitary protection teams. I am utterly exhausted. Tractor work is unbelievably important to the world…..; )

Talking Bear said...

Wow, after posting that I went to take a nap. I woke up 14 hours later. Never underestimate the power of stress on the body.

Talking Bear said...

Well, PJ thanks for the nice words about wiskers and me. (Blush). I am just a simple man in love with a complex woman who is a bit ......Hummmm best not go there.

Peajay said...

A simple man TB? No, you are a man of profundity, cognition and discernment.

Melanie said...

Hmmmm, he says...

were it as simple as... feed me, relieve me, give me the remote..., I would say a certain fellow lives a simple life. As to the other...

Caring
Ooh la la!
Multi-talented
Pleasurable
Lusty (sorry ladies)
Essence
Xerophilous

Yep, I'm complex! ;)

Peajay said...

Hi Melanie
Had to look up the Xerophilous just in case you called anything prurient by an alternative name, disappointedly no! ;)

Melanie said...

Peajay, I had a laugh when I looked up prurient, just to see what exactly you meant; I've always associated the word with, itching skin...and the desert does dry you out!

I like the other meaning better!!! It makes for more meaningful Ooh la la!! ;)

Peajay said...

That was exactly the problem I had with Xerophilous, who knows what you may call these little salacious interludes in California!! :D

Talking Bear said...

I call them GREAT!!!!

Peajay said...

Ha, ha!! Comedian! You're back to the cat-n-cream again! ;)

Talking Bear said...

Never left......heheheh, After all I am a man, and statisticaly speaking, I am supposed to think about the cat-n-cream every three seconds.

Talking Bear said...

Although I can say that who ever did that study was wrong. They must have interviewd 18 yr olds while they watched bathing suit babes at the beach. It does cross my mind once in a while, but every 3 seconds would kill me.

Peajay said...

And you'd never get any work done or blogging for that matter.

Melanie said...

Peajay, TB's computer wont' bring up your blog anymore, it's all encrypted...do you know of anything happpening on your end?

Talking Bear said...

Well, I got here in a round-about path. I will have to check out my end, but this was the only blog I could not read. I had to use a 376 alpha-numuric quad7/variant encryption to over ride the third party block attempt. No biggy just another day in the office.

Peajay said...

I have no idea about any blog problems, I am however, concerned with that last post from dearest TB who just wrote something that my universal translator was unable to work out. If he could translate 'cos the batteries have just died in Lieutenant Uhura's earpiece, I'll then know exactly what he said. :D