Forgiveness & Good Deeds

A story tells that two friends were walking through

the desert. During some point of the journey, they

had an argument, and one friend slapped the other

one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt,

but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand:

Today my best friend slapped me in the face.

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis,

where they decided to take a bath. The one who had

been slapped got stuck in the mire and started

drowning, but his friend saved him. After he

recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:

Today my best friend saved my life.

The friend, who had slapped and saved his best

friend, asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in

the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us,

we should write it down in sand, where the winds of

forgiveness can erase it away, but when someone

does something good for us, we must engrave it in

stone where no wind can ever erase it.

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve

your blessings in stone.

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