Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Forgotten Mirror

Once upon a time, a married couple, just say it their was the Smith, and they held a garage sale to sell all the things that they don't need anymore. Their was already middle-aged, and their children have left home to live independently. Now it's time to tidy up the house, and sell things that are not needed anymore.

While collecting things to be sold, they found something that have been stored in the attic for so long. One of them is a mirror in which they got for their wedding gift, 20 years ago.

Since the first time they got it, the mirror was never used. Aqua blue colored frame makes this mirror to look bad, and not suitable to be placed in any room in their house. But because they don't want to hurt the person who gave it, they kept it. Thus, the mirror being an antics in the attic. After 20 years passed, they think the people who gift it would have forgotten. So they put it together with other things to be sold the next day.

Their garage sale were getting a lot of enthusiasts. People come to see the sale. One by one, all the things have sold. Home furnishings, books, clothing, gardening tools, toys, even a not working old radio.

A man approached Mrs. Smith. "How much is this mirror?" he said, pointing at the mirror.

Mrs. Smith was stunned. "I myself don't expect that this mirror would be sold. Do you really want to buy it?" she said. "Yes, of course. The conditions are still very good." replied the man.

Mrs. Smith did not know how much the fair price for the bad mirror. Although it's in a very good condition, but for her it remains an ugly and worthless mirror.

After thinking for a moment, Mrs. Smith said, "Hmm ... you can buy it for a dollar."

With beaming face, the man pulled out his wallet, pulled out a dollar and handed it to Mrs. Smith. "Thanks," she said. "Now the mirror is yours. Do you need it wrapped?"

"Oh, if allowed, I would like to check it before I brought it home."

Mrs. Smith gives the permission, and he hurried to take the mirror and put it on the table in front of her. He began to peel the edge of the mirror frame. With one pull he torn the protection layer and emerges a golden color. The mirror frame was painted with a very beautiful gold color, and the aqua blue color that had been covered it is the color of the protective layer of the frame!

"Yes, exactly as I expected! Thank you!" he shouts happily.

Mrs. Smith could not say a word seeing the mirror was taken away by its new owner, to obtain a more appropriate place than her small and dusty attic.

This story illustrates how we view our lives. Sometimes we feel our life is boring, not as nice as we want. We see our life in the form of a series of routines that we must live. Wake up early, go to work, come home in the afternoon, sleep, wake up, go to work, come home in the afternoon, sleeping. That's all we live every day.

As with Mr and Mrs. Smith, who only saw the plastic coating of the mirror frame, so they feel the mirror is ugly and not fit. Yet behind that layer, there is a beautiful golden color.

Yet behind the routine of our lives, there are many things that can enrich our lives. Every time we passed, we can only experience once our lifetime. Every second we live, apply only one time in our lives. Every second is a new gift from God to us. Will we waste it with fixed on a routine? Will we let the time pass by our lives do not feel like we want?

After twenty years, and after being delayed, then Mrs. Smith realized the real value of the mirror. Would we realize the beauty of our lives when it's too late? Of course not.

Therefore, let us begin eroding our view that life is just routine. Let's start peeling the routine and find the real value of our lives.

Let's begin exploring our lives, discovering new things, learn more, to know people better. Let's do something new. Let us make a difference! With a new spirit to live better every day.

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Love and Time

Once upon a time in a small island, there is Love, Sad, Wealth, Happy and Beauty. They coexist well. But one day, there's a storm and the sea water suddenly rose and would sink the island. All the inhabitants of the island quickly tried to save themselves. Love is very confused because she can not swim and not have boats.

She stood on the beach trying to find help. Meanwhile, the water increased and soaked her feet. Then Love see Wealth is pedaling a boats. "Wealth! Wealth! Help me!", shouted Love.

"Sorry, Love!", said Wealth, "My boat filled with all my treasures. I can not take you as well, this boat will sink. Moreover, there is no place anymore for you in this boat.", then Wealth quickly pedaled his boat away.

Love was so sad, but then he saw Happy passing by with his boat. "Happy! Help me!", shouted Love. But Happy was too happy because he found a boat so he could not hear Love shouting.

The water getting higher and soaked Love to the waist and she increasingly frantic. Not long Beauty pass. "Beauty! Take me with you!", shouted Love.

"Love you're wet and dirty. I can't take you with me. You're going to pollute this beautiful boat.", Beauty said.

Love was so sad to hear that. She began sobbing. Sad that moment pass."Oh, Sad, take me with you," said Love. "Sorry, Love. I'm sad and I want to be alone ... ", Sad said, still pedaling the boat.

Love feel desperate. She felt the water getting up and going to drown her. At that critical moment suddenly she heard a voice, "Love! Quickly climbed into my boat!"

Love turned her head toward the sound and saw an old man with his boat. Love quickly climbed into the boat, just before the water drown her. On the nearest island, the old man let Love get off his boat, and immediately left.

At that moment, Love realized that she did not know who the old man who save her. Love ask an old people in the island, who is actually the old man. "The old man? He is Time.", said the man.

"But, why did he save me? I do not know him. Even my friends who know me also reluctant to help me "Love asked in surprise."

"Because," the man said, "Only Time who knows what the real value of Love is ..."

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