A friend forwarded this to me and I just had to share it with everyone.
I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.
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 so 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.
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 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 sometimes.
- 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’ve learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about, I just did.
They say all things happen for a reason. However, we dont think of that when someting goes wrong, we only look on the downside. Two weeks ago I couldn’t upload my new kit to my online digital scrapbooking store. I tried several FTP packages but gave up. Then It wouldn’t let me log in to adminster the store. “The computer said no!” I left for a few days until I received and email from a customer (I dont get many, customers that is not emails) who stated hat she had ordered items but did not receive the download link. Oh dear, there really was somethng wrong with the site and I didn’t know how to fix it.
What I did know was how to create a new site, the previous one was three years old and I must admit it had lots of unnecessary files in the back that I was unsure whether I could delete or remove. I also wanted to update the design but was unwilling to mess up a live working site. You know the old saying, “if it’s not broke dont fix it”, well not it WAS broke! I now had the perfect opportunity.
So I deleted everything from the server and set about creating a new website and online store with the clean design I was after. I soon realised it was also an opportunity to do a quality check on the products offered. I have learned an awful lot more and have moved on a notch since I first started i digital product designing. I still had a lot of old kitson offer, although they were offered for free they were still very amateurish.
Now I have finished the code and the design and I linked this Blog to the same design theme for a unified look. I quite like the simplicity, what do you think?
After all that I logged onto my ususal forums and I realised that the usual members who take part in the Kindredcreations.com forum and monthly digital collaboration kit hadn’t signed up. I was one of them as my website had taken over my time. I felt a bit guilty as it was Kindredcreations which gave my designing a boost with the free collab kits. So here is my contributionon offer.