[ Original story, by David J. Pollay ] Sixteen years ago I learned an important life lesson, in the back of a New York City taxi cab. I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by mere inches! The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was actually friendly! So, I asked him, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and could've sent us to the hospital!" And this is when my taxi driver told me ... Read Full Story >>
I am thankful: For the wife Who says it's hot dogs tonight, Because she is home with me, And not out with someone else. For the husband Who is on the sofa Being a couch potato, Because he is home with me And not out at the bars. For the teenager Who is complaining about doing dishes Because it means she is at home, Not on the streets. For the taxes i pay Because it means I am employed For the mess to clean after a party Because it means i have Been surrounded by friends. For the clothes that fit a little too snug Because it means I have enough to eat. For my shadow that watches me work Because it means I am out in the sunshine For a lawn that needs mowing, Windows that need cleaning, And gutters that need fixing Because it means i have a home For all the complaining I hear about the government Because it means We have freedom of speech. For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot Because it means i ... Read Full Story >>
A man spoke with the God about heaven and hell. The God said to the man, "Come, I will show you hell."
They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible.
"Come, now I will show you heaven," the God said after a while. They entered another room, identical to the first -- the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But there everyone was happy and well-nourished. "I don't understand," said the man. "Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room and everything was the same?"
The God smiled, "Ah, it is simple," he said. "Here they have learned to feed each other."
Today, I handed out my first Smile Card! A man came in to the MickeyD's with a complimentary cup and asked if he could have some water. The guy at the register nods in agreement. Then he asked if they gave food to the homeless. He was a young guy, maybe 34, and I knew it was hard for him to ask for food. The guy at the register says NO! The homeless man simply says, "Ok, thank you" and went and sat down with his water. My family and I were about to leave when he, sitting in the back, started to tear up. Just sitting there looking like he was starving. And he was geninuely asking for food, not like asking for money and then buying a cigarette or something. So we gave him $10.00 and said get yourself something to eat and God bless. We handed him the ... Read Full Story >>
I was in getting coffee one time and the girl behind me needed a bit more change so she didn't have to break a bill. Without hesitation a gentleman behind her gave her the necessary change.
I thought it was a generous thing to do and I paid for his coffee. There is a lot of good in this world and it is often hidden by the bad.