A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. Ihave a friend I’d like to bring home with me.”
“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”
“There’s something you should know ,” the son continued , “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I wanthim to come live with us.”
“We’re sorry to hear that son. But, maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”
“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”
“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden to us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”
At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.
The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only arm and one leg.
The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we do not like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.
Learn a Lesson, Find the Gift吸取一个教训,赢得一份礼物
How poor we are我们是多么贫穷
Are you rich你富有吗
The Shoe Tacks 鞋钉
Too Dear for the Whistle得不偿失
The Marbles 大理石
Dig a Little Deeper 再挖深一点
Time to Learn学有所成的时间
Nails in the Fence篱笆上的钉子
Big Rocks 人生的大石头
Louder than Anything You Can Say行胜于言
Shining Light Dark Corners 照亮黑暗角落的光芒
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