Story To Reflect Upon 97The Boy and his Ice CreamIn the days, when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 - yearold boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitressput a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked."Fifty cents," replied the waitress.The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied thecoins in it."Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. Bynow more people were waiting for a table and the waitress wasgrowing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.The little boy again counted his coins."Ill have the plain ice cream," he said.The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table andwalked away.The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wipeddown the table.There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels andfive pennies.You see he couldnt have the sundae, because he wanted enoughleft to leave her a tip.Reflection* To care or have a though for others who serve you isindeed a high spiritual quality.* In a highly materialistic society today, too many peoplehave little thought about others…they care only for theirown self-interest.
Story To Reflect Upon 98For DaddySome time ago, a man punished his 5-year-old daughter forwasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money wastight and he became even more upset when the child pasted thegold paper so as to decorate a box to put under the Christmastree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her fatherthe next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." The fatherwas embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flaredagain when he found the box was empty. He spoke to her in aharsh manner, "Dont you know, young lady, when you givesomeone a present theres supposed to be something inside thepackage?"The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said,"Oh, Daddy, its not empty - I blew kisses into it until it wasfull."The father was crushed. He fell to his knees and put his armsaround his little girl, and he begged her to forgive him for hisunnecessary anger.An accident took the life of this child only a short time later andit is told that the father kept that gold box by his bed for all theyears of his life. And whenever he was discouraged or faceddifficult problems he would open the box and take out animaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put itthere. In a very real sense, each of us as human beings have been givena golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from ourchildren, family, friends and God. There is no more preciouspossession anyone could hold.ReflectionHow much of our love is unconditional? So much of‘love’ is based on attachment and selfishness.