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:: The Wooden Bowl October 14, 2008

Posted by Minci 先生 in Uncategorized.
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  The Wooden Bowl 
 

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.

Also part of the email.
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 have been in all 4 situations. There’s still more to learn about myself. On the Christmas lights, more like lampu Raya]
 
I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
[I suppose so. Will bear that in mind]

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.
[Amazingly true]

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.
[Because they’re pure and sincere] 

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
[Ha ha ha ha. Fine]

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. 
[Hence, reaching out to all of you]
 
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! 
 
How about YOU ?

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1. Mossavio - October 14, 2008

The story was well translated into a short Petronas ad not long ago.

Comments on Your Comment is that:

1. 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.
– You need to add for handling children. And, yes i have not experienced the tangled Xmas tree lights (just yet), but for Hari Raya one, I just buy a new one!

2.I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
– There is always problem with my family. One after another. And I will be the last solution, as I always “Biarkan dia dulu mak” and “look and see” thing. But I found out that, when you are done with one problem, a new one arise. So this is how I remember my family, especially my mum, in my own unique way. So, it is quite true but not necessarily when they are gone. Sometime, you might miss the one that was left behind. What I meant was for example your mother who was left by their father ( ‘left’ as in being called by The Above or another version).

3.I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
– And more amazingly, it will continue give you more chances UNTIL YOU LEARNT FROM IT.

4. 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.
– Hahaha.. At my office, dipampangkan di belakangku 21Suggestion for Success. And you know what, I mostly remember no 1. Marry a RIGHT person as it will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
Hahahaha…Leave you all for comments.

Another say is PHYSICAL human touch not only touch the skin by holding their hands, huggung or friendly pat at the back; it goes straight to their heart.


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