A blind boy sat on the steps of abuilding with a hat by his feet.He held up a sign which said:
There were only a few coins in thehat.A man was walking by. He took a fewcoins from his pocket and dropped theminto the hat.
He then took the sign, turned it around,and wrote some words.He put the sign back so that everyonewho walked by will see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up.A lot more people were giving moneyto the blind boy.
That afternoon the man who had changedthe sign came to see how things were.The boy recognized his footsteps andasked,”Were you the one who changed my signthis morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth.I said what you said but in a way.”
What he had written was:"Today is a day and I cannot see it."
Do you think the first sign and thesecond sign were saying the samething?Of course both signs told people theboy was blind.
But the first sign simply told people to help by putting some money in the hat.The second sign told people that they wereable to enjoy the beauty of the day, but theboy could not enjoy it because he was blind.
Should we be surprised that thesecond sign was more effective?
There are at least two lessons wecan learn from this simple story.
The first is,“Be thankful for what you have. Someone else has less. Help where you can.”
The second is, “Be . Be . Think .THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY!”