Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Odds and Ends ~ 9

Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives. -Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate(1875-1965)


Last night, as I was attempting to go to sleep, after dozing in my recliner while watching TV, I had a great idea for something to put here. It was really funny, but of course, I have forgotten it. You'll just have to take my word for it.......LOL. I also had a great cartoon to put here, but Blogger is being crappy today and won't let me upload. I have tried 5 times!

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.
"The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and in the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen Hell."

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, "I don't understand. "It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.

"A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, and touches your heart." "People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don't need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there."

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.


David said...

i wish I had a thoughtful post like this
( sad face) mine is on the smell ofdog poop. not kidding

Janice said...


Isn't that the the post not the above comment.


Fran aka Redondowriter said...

Great food for thought, Judy. Thanks for posting, with or without the cartoon.

Star said...

"A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart" What a great quote! Michele sent me this trip. Technically she sent me back as I had been by once already. love your blog.

Alan G said...

Thanks for sharing this. I had never heard this before. Guess one could almost say that it was yet another 'parable' huh?

Anonymous said...

Falling asleep in the recliner...that is just a little taste of heaven to me :)....btw, when I have problems uploading an image in blogger (which is most all the time) I go to and do it from there...really saves the wear and tear on my sanity!!

Peter said...

Nice little story Judy.

colleen said...

It's happened to me before too. But I did manage to remember one blog line created while sleeping... the one about feeling like I was sleeping on a grille, turning myself over and over so as not to get overdone.

I hope you remember the post idea! But then often when created while sleeping they seem better than they really are.

Gerbera Daisy said...

I hate when I have a great idea for a blog and then when it comes time for me to have computer time, I forget what I was going to say.

Stew Magoo said...

Oh, that's just mean. That poor Stew.

Wait a minute...

(That Finnegan fellow clued me in on your "stew" post)

Shephard said...

I have that last quote on my bulletin board. :) And I love the Schweitzer quote.

Ya know, I was reading this, all ready to write, well, hell must be filled with STUPID people too, because why aren't they just using those long spoons to feed each other?? lol It's a great image.

~S :)

Carmi said...

I keep a pad of Post-It notes nearby at all times. I inherited this trait from my grandfather, who often woke up in the middle of the night to jot down ideas he had for stories, anecdotes, whatever struck him.

Often, he'd wake up in the morning and find a blizzard of notes all over the room. I think his all-time record was something like 70 notes in one night. No, I have no idea when he actually got any sleep!

PI said...

We should always keep a notebook by the bed for when we get these brain-waves. But do we?