A pet store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies for Sale.” The signs have a way of attractingchildren. Soon a little boy appeared at the sign and asked, “How much are you gonna sell those puppies for?” The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30-$50.” The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37, can I look at them?” The store owner smiled and whistled.
Out of the kennel came his dog named Lady, running down the aisle of his store followed by five little puppies. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy. He asked “What’s wrong with that little dog?”
The man explained that when the puppy was born the vet said that this puppy had a bad hip socket and would limp for the rest of his life. The little boy got really excited and said, “That’s the puppy I want to buy!” The man replied “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll give him to you.”
The little boy got upset. He looked straight into the man’s eyes and said “I don’t want you to give him to me. He is worth every bit as much as the other dogs and I’ll pay the full price. In fact I will give you $2.37 now and 50 centsevery month until I have him paid for.” The man countered, “You really don’t want to buy this puppy son. He is never gonna be able to run, jump and play like other puppies.”
The little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the man and said, “Well, I don’t run so well myself and the little puppy will need someone who understands.”
Tears welled up in my eyes after reading this. Didn’t they in your’s? What we all need at some point of time in our lives is someone who understands us. But how can we expect someone to understand us when we aren’t ready to do the same for others?? Unknowingly or knowingly there sure might have times when we have ignored the other person’s needs and feelings for our personal satisfaction or greed I must say! But that ignorance doesn’t actually lead us to satisfaction. We become insecure and there’s a sense of discontentment that always remains within us. Why don’t we just open our eyes and work in a way that will benefit both sides? It really isn’t hard at all. In fact, it will not only bring us self-satisfaction and happiness but it will also raise our respect in the eyes of others.
The common saying “Do not do to others what you don’t wish to be done to yourself” applies here and everything we do comes back to us in some way or the other. So, we must decide now that we will give a thought to whatever do and attempt it with the right spirit keeping other’s needs and feelings in mind along with our own. Even a small deed done for others can make a great difference in our lives. And believe me, it’ll will raise you in your own eyes too!