Every now and then an email from Norm Fox seems to just hit the mark when it comes to delivering an important message. The following, entitled "Sweet Apples – A Great Lesson," is one of them.
A lovely little girl was holding two apples in both hands. Her mom came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile, "My sweetie, could you give your mom one of your two apples?"
The girl looked up at her mom for some seconds, then she suddenly took a quick bit on one apple, and then quickly on the other. The mom felt the smile on her face freeze. She tried hard not reveal her disappointment.
Then the little girl handed one of her bitten apples to her mom, and said, "Mommy, here you are. This is the sweeter one."
No matter who you are, how experienced you are, and how knowledgeable you think you are, always delay judgment. Give others the privilege to explain themselves. What you see may not be the reality. Never conclude for others. Which is why we should never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first.
Those who like to pay the bill do so not because they are loaded, but because they value friendship above money. Those who take the initiative at work do so not because it's simply part of their job, but because they understand the concept of responsibility. Those who apologize first after a fight do so not because they are wrong, but because they value the people around them.
Those who are willing to help you do so not because they owe you anything, but because they see you as a true friend.Those who often text or email you do so not because they have nothing better to do, but because you are in their heart.
Those who take out time to chat with you does not mean they are jobless or less busy, but they know the importance of keeping in touch. One day all of us will get separated from each other. We will miss our conversations of everything and nothing. The dreams that we had. Days will pass by, months, years, until this contact becomes rare. One day our children will see our pictures and ask, "Who are these people?"
And we will smile with invisible tears because a heart is touched and you will say, "It was them that I had the best days of my life with."
Norm ended the email with these words: "Sending this to all my friends that I shall never forget. Thank you for your friendship, and God bless you always."
Beau Weisman, Editor