Monday, 24 June 2013

The blind boy story

 Painting by Jules Bastien-Lepage [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help" ...there were only a few coins in the hat. 
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words. Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?" The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. "I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day; but I cannot see it.” 
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign reminded people how fortunate they were to have their sight. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? 
Moral of the Story: Be THANKFUL for what you have. Be CREATIVE. Be INNOVATIVE. Think differently & POSITIVELY. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile! Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence! Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear. 
It's a beautiful thing to see a person smiling,But even more beautiful is knowing that you are the reason for the smile! Faith is not about everything turning out OK. Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out.....Author Unknown.


  1. Oh what a beautiful story! I hope I can make some people smile today!

  2. Gill, I believe that you make people smile everyday...I'm glad that the story was inspirational for you.

  3. I think that the story is inspirational. Initially I had some reservations about the use of the word 'faith' with its religious connotation but the more I thought about it it seemed that faith was being used in a non-religious context.

  4. "Faith" here certainly did not have a religious connotation to it.
    I'm glad you enjoyed the story. We have so much to be thankful for...eyesight being one thing.


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