Self-reflection! (Take some time and read)

Words in green are direct copy and paste from Agustini’s blog while those in yellow are from Xiaxue’s comment forms in one of her post.


A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.’We must do something about father,’ said the son. ‘I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.’

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl..

When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, ‘What are you making?’ Just as sweetly, the boy responded, ‘Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.’ The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather’ s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

This story was an e-mail forward read too many a times and forgotten. Recently, read from Agustini’s blog. Sometimes, we just know what things are but never give them some thoughts. Continuing with the forwarded story were…

On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life…’

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I cannot and do not have the courage to say that I have learnt all those mentioned. But I surely do understand them. Learning is at one’s pace and time. But I figure it is just so true that I want to blog about them so I can re-read to remind myself about them. We still have a lot to learn. AND it shall be what I look forward to. To keep on learning and living life to the fullest. Hope everyone can be happy too. =))

Many also did always say to NOT just believe what you see with your own eyes. Sometimes, things are not exactly what you see. But rarely will people tell you that you have to just learn to believe. That day when I was reading Xiaxue’s blog and in her comment forms for one of the post.. There was someone who posted:

But sometimes we gotta learn to trust and believe what we hear and see.

It is so rare for people to say as such. I just had to nod to myself and agree! Oh well..life is so complicated. You never can be sure that what you think is correct. But I believe as long as you do not feel you have done anything wrong, then just scrap it off your mind and live life =))

In life, don’t trust people who change their feelings with time… Instead trust those people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes.

I used to believe in this world, there is no one who CANNOT live without a certain someone. Maybe this is to a certain extent But sometimes, we have to believe that there is someone who cannot live without us just as in we are being cherished. This is a way to love ourselves. Vice versa, that someone would think likewise and felt being cherished. This is a way of love. =))

But if that happens more than just “sometimes”.. this results in sadness. =(( So, it is so true to say..

We make them, who care for us, cry. We cry for those who never care for us. And we care for those who will never cry for us. Its strange but true.

This is just life. Ever complicated. Ever mysterious. Never knowing what tomorrow has in store for you. Life is just full of unexpected things.Live it to the max =D CHEERS

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