Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Gift of Service

As I sat in a waiting area amid a crowd of people I witnessed the greatest act of kindness.

Across the room a woman was trying to open her water bottle. She twisted and twisted to no avail.

Suddenly a another woman sitting close-by said "can I help you with that?"

The woman smiled and gratefully handed her the bottle.

The woman placed the bottle between her legs and began squeezing and twisting. When the lid came loose, water gushed out all over, soaking her lap.

She smiled and handed the now half-full-bottle back to the owner with a smile from ear to ear.

The woman who offered her help had only one arm.

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As I've reflected on what I saw that day, I have realized something.

 I have a choice

This woman had a choice. She could choose to feel sorry for herself and wallow in the misery of losing her limb. She chose not to let it get her down! Really ~ that took some guts to offer help to a woman with two arms! She had complete confidence in herself and her ability to help others. We've all been given struggles and no one's lot is the same. But we all have a choice to rise above our challenges to be a positive influence on those around us. It really is a choice.

Partaking of a bitter cup without becoming bitter is part of the emulation of Jesus
~ Neal A Maxwell

If for a while, the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart.  So it has been with the best people who ever lived 
~ Jeffrey R. Holland