Monday, June 9, 2008

Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home
of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let
the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead the
angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As
they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a
hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel
asked why, the older angel replied, "Things aren't always
what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very
poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing
what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in
their bed where they could have a good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the
farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had
been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger
angel was infuriated and asked the older angel "how could you
have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you
helped him" she accused. "The second family had little but
was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die."

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel
replied. "When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I
noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall.
Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to
share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't
find it."

"Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel
of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead.
Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't
turn out the way they should. You just need to trust that
every outcome is always to your advantage. You just might
not know it until some time later.

For every adversity lies within it an equivalent benefit.
All you need to do it to unwrap it and find it out. Remember,
things aren't always what they seem to be...

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