Good things in life are worth fighting for
WALKING down a path through some woods in Georgia, I saw a water puddle ahead on the path. I changed my direction to go around it on the part of the path that wasn't covered by water and mud. As I reached the puddle, I was suddenly attacked! Yet I did nothing for the attack was so unpredictable and from a source so totally unexpected. I was startled as well as unhurt, despite having been struck four or five times already. I backed up a foot and my attacker stopped attacking me. Instead of attacking more, he hovered in the air on graceful butterfly wings in front of me. Had I been hurt I wouldn't have found it amusing, but I was unhurt, it was funny, and I was laughing. After all, I was being attacked by a butterfly!
Having stopped laughing, I
took a step forward. My attacker rushed at me again. He rammed me in the
chest with his head and body, striking me over and over again with all
his might, still to no avail. For a second time, I retreated a step
while my attacker relented in his attack. Yet again, I tried moving
forward. My attacker charged me again. I was rammed in the chest over
and over again. I wasn't sure what to do, other than to retreat a third
time. After all, it's just not everyday that one is attacked by a
butterfly. This time, though, I stepped back several paces to look the
situation over. My attacker moved back as well to land on the ground.
That's when I discovered why my attacker was charging me only moments
earlier. He had a mate and she was dying. She was beside the puddle
where he landed.
I left them in peace for those last few moments, cleaning the mud from my boots when I later reached my car.
Since then, I've always tried to remember the courage of that butterfly whenever I see huge obstacles facing me. I use that butterfly's courage as an inspiration and to remind myself that good things are worth fighting for.
(contributed by David L. Kuzminski)
There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains. The mountain people invaded the lowlanders one day, and as part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took the infant with them back up into the mountains.
The lowlanders didn't know how to climb the mountain. They didn't know any of the trails that the mountain people used, and they didn't know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain.
Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting men to climb the mountain and bring the baby home.
The men tried first one method of climbing and then another. They tried one trail and then another. After several days of effort, however, they had climbed only several hundred feet.
Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below.
As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby's mother walking toward them. They realised that she was coming down the mountain that they hadn't figured out how to climb.
And then they saw that she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be?
One man greeted her and said, "We couldn't climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn't do it?"
She shrugged her shoulders and said, "It wasn't your baby."
(contributed by Jim Stovall)
The ‘why’ of love
Here's a message that needs to be drilled into the hearts and minds of every mom and dad: You don't love your kids because of what they do, but because of who they are.
Simply rewarding children with affection because of their accomplishments is like a circus trainer giving a dog some food every time he jumps through a hoop. The dog isn't loved for himself, but for his actions.
Dr Laura Schlessinger, a popular talk show host, has a new book for children titled, Why Do You Love Me? Part of the story includes a mother explaining to her son that it is not what he does that makes her love him — she loves him because he is unique and because he is her son.
You don't show affection simply because a child is good at karate or gymnastics. Every mom, dad and grandparent needs to memorise the words of a long-time popular song: "I love you most of all because you're you."
(contributed by Neil Eskelin)
(Culled from the Net)