Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Brick ... A Thanksgiving Message

The Brick, A Thanksgiving Message Shared by Annie Armen, Communications Artist

“Two kinds of GRATITUDE:
The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” 
~Edwin Arlington Robinson

WHY "The Brick" as a Thanksgiving Message?

While tempted to give you the answer now, please read on... The message will become clear as the story unfolds.  The content is written by my favorite author ... "Author Unknown".  
The Brick ...
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.  He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the
Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot
where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting,

"What the hell was that all about and who are you? Just what the hell are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money.  Why did you do it?"

The young boy was apologetic.  "Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but didn't know what else to do," He pleaded.  "I threw the brick *because no one else would stop..."

With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car.  "It's my brother," he said."  He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up."

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair?  He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."


Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.
He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out his fancy
handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts.

A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.  “Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger.

Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother
down the sidewalk toward their home. 

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar.  The damage was very noticeable, but the driver
never bothered to repair the it.

He kept the dent there to remind him of this message:

"Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!"

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen,
He has to throw a brick at us.  It's our choice.  ~Author Unknown

“There are only two ways to live your LIFE. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  ~Albert Einstein
Are you grateful for "The Bricks" in your life?  Is there a timeless message you can share with Why Annie Armen Readers as a result of  "The Brick" capturing your attention?

With Love and Gratitude Always,
~Annie Armen

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