Monday, January 10, 2011

Sharing Cookies

The following was sent to me via email by a couple of friends. I believe each of us could learn something from the short story and something worthwhile to learn.

A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport.

As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a good book to spend her time.

She also bought a packet of cookies.

She sat down in an armchair, in the VIP Room of the airport, to rest and read in peace.

Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat.

He opened his magazine and started reading.

When she took the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing.

She just thought: "What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!"

For each cookie she took, the man took one too.

This was infuriating her but she didn't want to cause a scene.

When only one cookie remained, she thought: "ah...What is the abusive man to do now?"

Then, the man taking the last cookie, divided it in half, giving her one half of the cookie.

Ah! That was too much:

She was much too angry now!

In a huff, she took her book, her things and stormed to the boarding place.

When she sat down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked into her purse to get
her eyeglasses out, and to her surprise, her packet of cookies was there, untouched, unopened.

She felt so ashamed!! She realized that she was wrong...

She had forgotten that her cookies were kept in her purse.

The man had divided his cookies with her, without feeling angered or bitter.

...while she had been very angry, thinking that she was dividing her cookies with him.

"And now there was no chance to explain herself...nor to apologize."

There are 4 things that you cannot recover.

The stone...
          ...after the throw!

The word...
          ...after it's said!

The occasion...
          ...after the loss!

The time...
          ...after it's gone!

Always think before you get angry and say something. It may be you that is at fault and you will never be able to take back what you say. You can say you are sorry but it has already been said and the hurt is already there.

I believe that without a friend you are missing out on a lot!!!


Debi said...

OUCH! I have a sermon I preach in Children's Church about the same kind of thing. I take a new tube of toothpaste, squeeze it all out on to a plate. Then I have one of the kids come up and 'attempt' to put it all back into the tube. The concept is the same. You cannot recover what has been said...once it's out's out there! Thank you for this 'ouch' this morning!

Jenifer said...

Love, love, love that story! We must be careful of our words and actions. Thank you for sharing!

Lisa said...

Such a good story! I wonder how many times I have gotten mad at someone for something that was really my fault? Thanks for this great post!