We found this story online and felt it was a great reminder as we approach Thanksgiving next week –
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said, “I am blind, please help.”
There were only a few coins in the hat.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon, the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.
The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. I wrote: Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. However, the first sign simply stated the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind.
Like those walking past the boy, we so often forget to look up and look around at the blessings right in front of us; how quickly we forget about all that we have. This Thanksgiving, we hope you take some time to reflect on the great blessings (big and small) in your life.
From all of us here at Banning Engineering!
We give thanks for you – our families, our friends, and our clients!
Live Well, Laugh Often, And Love with All Your Heart.
~ Jeff Banning