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This Journey Called Life

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A mouse looked through the crack in the wallto see the farmer and his wife open a package.

"What food might this contain?", the mouse wondered.
He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard,
the mouse proclaimed this warning :
"There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched,
raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse,
I can tell this is a grave concern to you,
but it is of no consequence to me.
I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him,
"There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said,
"I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse,
but there is nothing I can do about it
but pray..
Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said,
"There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you,
but it's no skin off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house,
head down and dejected,
to face the farmer's mousetrap
. . . Alone.... .
That very night
a sound was heard throughout the house
-- the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught.
In the darkness, she did not see it.
It was a venomous snake
whose tail was caught in the trap.
The snake bit the farmer's wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital.

When she returned home she still had a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever
with fresh chicken soup.
So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard
for the soup's main ingredient:

But his wife's sickness continued.
Friends and neighbors
came to sit with her
around the clock.
To feed them,
the farmer butchered the pig.

But, alas,
the farmer's wife did not get well...
She died.

So many people came for her funeral
that the farmer had the cow slaughtered
to provide enough meat for all of them
for the funeral luncheon.
And the mouse looked upon it all
from his crack in the wall
with great sadness. So, the next time you hear
someone is facing a problem
and you think it doesn't concern you,
remember ---

When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
We are all involved in this journey called life.
We must keep an eye out for one another
and make an extra effort
to encourage one another.

Reading this I thought of all my wonderful Spark Friends
who are always here to cheer me on, you don't feel like it is
just my problem, you pick me up when I am down, you cheer
me on when I do well, you give me hope when I feel hopeless,
You are all the best friends I could have!

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  • CHEVY63
    Interesting story - and a great moral! We are all in this together. Thanks for being such a great Spark Friend!
    3529 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this with all of us! It helps us all realize how much we do rely on each other.
    Have a wonderful holiday!
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    3529 days ago
    You encourage me. People that I see handling far more than I have to, spur me on.

    Have you ever thought of swimming after dark? We have an above ground pool with a deck at one end that butts up against the side of the pool. We have a hole drilled in each of the side banisters of the deck to put up a Tiki torch. In the summer we burn them after dark if we want to swim. The water seems warmer too. If my son isn't here, I wear a life preserver because my husband can't swim.

    Thanks for being in my tapestry of life.
    3529 days ago
    Great way to put things in perspective! We all need each other. Thanks for sharing, dear friend! HUGS!
    3529 days ago
    Yes! And YOU encourage me far more than I encourage you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3529 days ago
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    3529 days ago
    Interesting post...we're all in it together! emoticon
    3529 days ago
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    Thanks for the reminder Pat! Some days I feel very alone in my journey, but then I log onto Spark & my wonderful Spark friends are cheering me on. Have a safe & Happy 4th! emoticon emoticon
    3529 days ago
    And we, in turn, have you for a wonderful friend also. Thanks for posting the story.
    3529 days ago
    Wonderful story! So glad you posted it. I'd never heard it. The moral of the story is so true. We're all in this journey together. Thanks for the encouragement. -Marsha
    3529 days ago
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