A Heartwarming Story
It was one of the hottest days of the dry season.
We had not seen rain in almost a month. The crops were dying.
Cows had stopped giving milk. The creeks and streams were long
gone back into the earth. It was a dry season that would bankrupt
several farmers before it was through.
Every day, my husband and his brothers would
go about the arduous process of trying to get water to the fields.
Lately this process had involved taking a truck to the local
water rendering plant and filling it up with water. But severe
rationing had cut everyone off. If we didn't see some rain soon...we
would lose everything.
It was on this day that I learned the true
lesson of sharing and witnessed the only miracle I have seen
with my own eyes. I was in the kitchen making lunch for my husband
and his brothers when I saw my six-year old son, Billy, walking
toward the woods. He wasn't walking with the usual carefree
abandon of a youth but with a serious purpose. I could only
see his back. He was obviously walking with a great effort...trying
to be as still as possible. Minutes after he disappeared into
the woods, he came running out again, toward the house. I went
back to making sandwiches; thinking that whatever task he had
been doing was completed. Moments later, however, he was once
again walking in that slow purposeful stride toward the woods.
This activity went on for an hour: walk carefully to the woods,
run back to the house.
Finally I couldn't take it any longer and I
crept out of the house and followed him on his journey (being
very careful not to be seen...as he was obviously doing important
work and didn't need his Mommy checking up on him). He was cupping
both hands in front of him as he walked; being very careful
not to spill the water he held in them...maybe two or three
tablespoons were held in his tiny hands. I sneaked close as
he went into the woods. Branches and thorns slapped his little
face but he did not try to avoid them. He had a much higher
purpose. As I leaned in to spy on him, I saw the most amazing
Several large deer loomed in front of him.
Billy walked right up to them. I almost screamed for him to
get away. A huge buck with elaborate antlers was dangerously
close. But the buck did not threaten him...he didn't even move
as Billy knelt down. And I saw a tiny fawn lying on the ground,
obviously suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion, lift
its head with great effort to lap up the water cupped in my
beautiful boy's hand. When the water was gone, Billy jumped
up to run back to the house and I hid behind a tree. I followed
him back to the house; to a spigot that we had shut off the
water to. Billy opened it all the way up and a small trickle
began to creep out. He knelt there, letting the drip, drip slowly
fill up his makeshift "cup," as the sun beat down
on his little back. And it came clear to me. The trouble he
had gotten into for playing with the hose the week before. The
lecture he had received about the importance of not wasting
water. The reason he didn't ask me to help him. It took almost
twenty minutes for the drops to fill his hands.
When he stood up and began the trek back, I
was there in front of him. His little eyes just filled with
tears. "I'm not wasting," was all he said. As he began
his walk, I joined him...with a small pot of water from the
kitchen. I let him tend to the fawn. I stayed away. It was his
job. I stood on the edge of the woods watching the most beautiful
heart I have ever known working so hard to save another life.
As the tears that rolled down my face began to hit the ground,
they were suddenly joined by other drops...and more drops...and
more. I looked up at the sky. It was as if God, himself, was
weeping with pride.
Some will probably say that this was all just a huge coincidence.
That miracles don't really exist. That it was bound to rain
sometime. And I can't argue with that...I'm not going to try.
All I can say is that the rain that came that day saved our
farm...just like that actions of one little boy saved another.
I don't know if anyone will read this...but I had to send it
out. To honor the memory of my beautiful Billy, who was taken
from me much too soon....But not before showing me the true
face of God, in a little sunburned body.
Appreciate Every Moment
Sometimes people come into your life and you
know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some
sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out
who you are or who you want to become.
You never know who these people may be (possibly
your room mate, neighbor, co-worker, long lost friend, lover,
or even a complete stranger) but when you lock eyes with them,
you know at that very moment that they will affect your life
in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you that may
seem horrible, painful,and unfair at first, but in reflection
you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have
never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens
by chance or by means of luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments
of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the
limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they
may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat
road to nowhere. It would be safe comfortable, but dull and
utterly pointless. The people you meet who affect your life,
and the success and downfalls you experience help to create
who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from.
In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks
your heart, forgive them,for they have helped you learn about
trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your
heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally,
not only because they love you, but because in a way,they are
teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to
things. Make every day count!!!
Appreciate every moment and take from those
moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be
able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never
talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in
love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up
because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great
individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe
in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.
You can make of your life anything you wish.
Create your own life then go out and live it with absolutely
no regrets. MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!*
If you LOVE someone tell him or her, for you never know what
tomorrow may have in store!!!
SEND THIS TO EVERYONE THAT YOU LOVE AND CONSIDER A FRIEND.......
Bill Gates---11 Rules Of Life
Say what you will about Bill Gates, he is no fool who has this
kind of wisdom. For high school and college graduates, here
is a list of 11 things they did not learn in school. In his
book, Bill Gates talks about how feel-good, politically correct
teachings created a generation full of kids with no concept
of reality, and how this concept set them up for failure in
the real world.
Life is not fair, so get used to it.
The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will
expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about
You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high
You won't be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn
If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
He doesn't have tenure.
Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents
had a different word for burger flipping. They called it "opportunity."
If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine
about your mistakes. Learn from them.
Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they
They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes
and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before
you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents'
generation, try "delousing" the closet in your own
Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but
life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades.
They'll give you as many times as you want to get the right
answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING
in real life.
Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off,
and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.
Do that on your own time.
Television is NOT real life. In real life, people actually have
to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one
Added January 9, 2002
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