Wednesday, January 12, 2004
A butcher watching over his shop was really surprised when he saw a dog coming inside his shop. He quickly shoo-ed him away. But later, the dog returned.
The butcher went over to the dog and noticed he had a note in his mouth. He took the note and it read "Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please? The dog has money in his mouth, as well."
The butcher looked inside and, lo and behold, there was a ten dollar bill there. So he took the money and put the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog's mouth. The butcher was so impressed, and since it was about closing time, he decided to shut up shop and follow the dog.
So off he went. The dog walked down the street when he came to a level crossing.
The dog put down the bag, jumped up and pressed the button. Then he waited patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They did, and he walked across the road, with the butcher following him all the way.
The dog then came to a bus stop, and started looking at the timetable.
The butcher was in awe at this stage. The dog checked out the times, and then sat on one of the seats provided. Along came a bus. The dog walked around to the front, looked at the number, and went back to his seat.
Another bus came. Again the dog went and looked at the number; noticing it's the right bus, he climbed on. The butcher, by now, open-mouthed, followed him onto the bus.
The bus traveled through the town and out into the suburbs, the dog looking at the scenery. Eventually he got up, and moved to the front of the bus. He stood on 2 back paws and pushed the button to stop the bus. Then he got off, his groceries still in his mouth.
Well, dog and butcher continue walking along the road, and then the dog turned in to a house. He walked up the path, and dropped the groceries on the step.
Then he walked back down the path, taking a big run, and threw himself against the door. He went back down the path, ran up to the door and again, threw himself against it. There was no answer at the house, so the dog went back down the path, jumped up on a narrow wall, and walked along the perimeter of the garden. He got to the window, and beat his head against it several times, walked back, jumped off, and waited at the door.
The butcher watched as a large man opened the door, and started abusing the dog, kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him.
The butcher ran up, and stopped the man.
"What in heaven's name are you doing? The dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for the life of me!"
To which the guy responded, "You call this clever? This is the second time this week that this silly dog's forgotten his key."
It is just a simple and silly point that there are those out there - and sometimes it's US - that can never quite be pleased. When we wake, we want the day to be sunny. And it is. But we also want it to be 10 degrees warmer. And it is. But we want it to be a little less humid. And it is. But we don't want to wait as long at the intersection this morning. And we don't. But... and it goes on and on...
There is an old saying that states, "It's not so much what you have but what you do with what you have." Each of us is literally entrusted by the Creator with specific gifts and talents at our birth; a strategically balanced combination of gifts and talents not given to another person. A strategically balanced combination of gifts and talents that only we can use and share most effectively. And what do we often do? We spend our days and nights wishing we had our neighbor's or friend's inventory of gifts and talents.
If you don't already, take a moment today to fully appreciate who you are in your entirety - all your trepidations and talents. And simply be thankful for your cleverness in using your own gifts and talents, rather than kicking yourself for not having those of "the guy next door."
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