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Lessons Of Life

Discussion in 'Inspirational' started by Aman Singh, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Aman Singh

    Aman Singh
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    What would you do? You make the choice! Don't look for a punch

    There isn't one! Read it anyway. My question to all of you is: Would
    you have made the same choice?

    At a fund-raising dinner for a school that serves learning
    disabled children,the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never
    be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated
    staff, he offered a question:

    "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything
    nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn
    things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children
    do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"

    The audience was stilled by the query.

    The father continued. "I believe,that when a child like Shay,
    physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to
    realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other
    people treat that child.

    "Then he told the following story:

    Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay
    new were playing baseball. Shay asked,"Do you think they'll let me play?"

    Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone !
    like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his
    son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of
    belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his

    Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked
    if Shay could play, not expecting much. The boy looked around for
    guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth

    I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat
    in the ninth inning."

    Shay struggled over to the team's bench put on a team shirt with
    a broad smile and his Father had a small tear in his eye and warmth in
    his heart.

    The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the
    bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still
    behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and
    played in the right field. Even though no hits ! came his way, he was
    obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from
    ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of
    the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the
    bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to
    be next at bat.

    At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance
    to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew
    that a hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold
    the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

    However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher,
    recognizing the other team putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life,
    moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least
    be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and

    The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball
    softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow
    ground ball right back to the pitcher.

    the game would now be over, but the pitcher picked up the soft
    grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay
    would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

    Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the head of the
    first baseman, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both
    teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in
    his life had Shay ever ran that far but made it to first base. He
    scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

    Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!"

    Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming
    and struggling to make it to second base. By the time Shay rounded towards
    second base, the right fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their team,
    who had a chance to be the hero for his team for the first time. He could
    have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he
    understood the pitcher's intentions and he too intentionally threw the ball high
    and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base
    deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

    All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"

    Shay reached third base, the opposing shortstop ran to help him
    and turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third
    Shay, run to third" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams and
    those watching were on their feet were screaming, "Shay, run

    Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the
    hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.

    That day, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his
    face, the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and
    humanity into this world.

    Shay didn't make it to another summer and died that winter,
    having never forgotten being the hero and making his Father so happy and
    coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the

    AND, NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands
    of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to
    sending messages about life choices, people think twice about sharing.
    The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but
    public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and

    If you're thinking about forwarding this message,chances are that
    you're probably sorting out the people on your address list that aren't
    the "appropriate" ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who sent
    you this believes that we all can make a difference. We all have thousands
    of opportunities every single day to help realize the "natural order of things."
    So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present
    us with a choice: Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or
    do we pass up that opportunity to brighten the day of those with us
    the least able, and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

    A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats
    it's least fortunate amongst them. !

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  3. HannahBanana

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    Sep 12, 2006
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    I almost cried reading this.
  4. sandhu

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    Jan 29, 2007
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    one of the best lesson of life ..
    never underestimate anyone ...as god resides in all of us....
    once we know this ...trust me , world would be a better place.
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