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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Something to Think About

Often, I receive emails from friends who ask me to forward the contents of a message on to family and friends. More likely than not, I don't forward the email. But once in a while, something arrives in my inbox that I feel strongly about and feel the need to share with those I know will appreciate it. The remainder of the post here today contains one of those emails I chose to forward to others.

It is surely something to think about........

A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. What food might this contain, the mouse wondered.

He was devastated to discover the package contained a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and exclaimed, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house! "The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr.Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse then turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow replied, "Mr. Mouse, this sounds very important to you, but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap.

That night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she saw a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.

Now everyone knows you treat a fever, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued.

Soon, friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died.

Many people came for her funeral, and the farmer needed to feed them.

So he slaughtered the cow to provide enough meat for everyone.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with much sadness.

So the next time you hear someone is facing a problem, and you think it doesn't concern you, remember this:

When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this Journey called Life, and we must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage those we know.

Our lives really do intersect for a reason.

-Author Unknown


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