Sharings To Warm Your Heart
"The human intellect dwells on the outer surface of the circle, thinking it knows, while truthful intelligence exists in the center, creating a delightful, contented repose."_Michael Levy
by Michael Levy Professional Optimist
Many moons ago
in a far off distant land,
drum beats of the heart were felt
by a Nomadic Cosmic Band,
through clouds of solar rays,
magical forces began
to clear the universal haze.
Fireballs of glory lights
the vast celestial park,
planets join the queue
knowing just where to embark,
wisdom of the magnificent,
infuse intelligence in life forms,
coated with blissful innocence,
shade by spectacular volcanic storms.
Roaming tribes of creation
evolve in delightful games,
herds of wild amazement,
thunder in plains of rough terrain,
landscapes paint by spirit's brush,
a feast of visual beauty,
leaves of a trees diary blossom
on branches of
Celebration of colors
in spectrums of pleasure,
easy movements pace
by harmonies leisure,
for humankind's probe,
footprints of adventure
on our divine enchanted globe.
It was a bitter, cold evening in northern Virginia many years ago. The old
man's beard was glazed by winter's frost while he waited for a ride across
the river. The wait seemed endless. His body became numb and stiff from
the frigid north wind.
He heard the faint, steady rhythm of approaching hooves galloping along
the frozen path. Anxiously, he watched as several horsemen rounded the
bend. He let the first one pass by without an effort to get his attention.
Then another passed by, and another. Finally, the last rider neared the
spot where the old man sat like a snow statue. As this one drew near, the
old man caught the rider's eye and said, "Sir, would you mind giving an
old man a ride to the other side? There doesn't appear to be a passageway
Reining his horse, the rider replied, "Sure thing. Hop aboard." Seeing the
old man was unable to lift his half-frozen body from the ground, the
horseman dismounted and helped the old man onto the horse. The horseman
took the old man not just across the river, but to his destination, which
was just a few miles away.
As they neared the tiny but cozy cottage, the horseman's curiosity caused
him to inquire, "Sir, I notice that you let several other riders pass by
without making an effort to secure a ride. Then I came up and you
immediately asked me for a ride. I'm curious why, on such a bitter winter
night, you would wait and ask the last rider. What if I had refused and
left you there?"
The old man lowered himself slowly down from the horse, looked the rider
straight in the eyes, and replied, "I've been around these here parts for
some time. I reckon I know people pretty good." The old-timer continued,
"I looked into the eyes of the other riders and immediately saw there was
no concern for my situation. It would have been useless even to ask them
for a ride. But when I looked into your eyes, kindness and compassion were
evident. I knew, then and there, that your gentle spirit would welcome the
opportunity to give me assistance in my time of need."
Those heartwarming comments touched the horseman deeply. "I'm most
grateful for what you have said," he told the old man. "May I never get
too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of others
with kindness and compassion."
With that, Thomas Jefferson turned his horse around and made his way back
to the White House.
Everyone in the apartment complex knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love. The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly. To start with, he had only one eye and where the other should have been was a gaping hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner. His tail had long ago been lost, leaving only the smallest stub, which he would constantly jerk and twitch. Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby, striped-type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, even his shoulders with thick, yellowing scabs.
Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. "That's one UGLY cat!!"
All the children were warned not to touch him. The adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. Ugly always had the same reaction. If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around feet in forgiveness. Whenever he spied children, he would come running, meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. If you ever picked him, up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.
One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbor's huskies. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. From my apartment I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly's sad life was almost at an end. Ugly lay in a wet circle, his back legs and lower back twisted grossly out of shape, a gaping tear in the white strip of fur that ran down his front. As I picked him up and tried to carry him home, I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. It must be hurting him terribly, I thought. Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear. Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying, was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring.
Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled-scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion. At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me, completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.
Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly. Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful. He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for.
Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me, I will always try to be Ugly.
1. At least 5 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you, in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you, is because they want to be just like you.
4.A smile from you, can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. Without you, someone may not be living.
8. You are special and unique, in your own way.
9. Someone that you don't know even exists, loves you.
10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
11. When you think the world has turned it's back on you, take a look, you most likely turned your back on the world.
12. When you think you have no chance at getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you believe in yourself, you probably sooner or later will get it.
13. Always remember compliments you received, forget about the rude remarks.
14. Always tell someone how you feel about them, you will feel much better when they know.
15. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they're great.
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