“Beggars can’t be choosers.” Proverb
A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years.
One day a stranger walked by.
Spare some change? mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his baseball cap.
I have nothing to give you, said the stranger. Then he added, What's that you are sitting on?
Nothing, replied the beggar, Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.
Ever look inside? asked the stranger.
What's the point? There's nothing in there.
Have a look inside, insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw the box was filled with gold.
"We are all beggars,each in his own way.”~ Mark Twain
“Our talents are the gifts that God gives to us….What we make of our talents is our gift back to God.”~ Leo Buscaglia
“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What's a sundial in the shade?”
― Benjamin Franklin
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.”
― Erma Bombeck
P.S: There was a time….. I did not quite relate to what Mark Twain said.That was decades ago. I now realize, that most of us do keep lamenting about the thing/s we think is/are missing in our lives…
We do tend to keep begging for Divine help…..often forgetting our role as co-creators.. with the free will to make choices and the power to create everything we could ever imagine. .
What if, we could make time to open those gifts………????
What if,we always remember that the greatest gift of all………is the gift of choice and choose to be “choosers” ?
What if,we could be more grateful….for that which is already there…..which we tend to take for granted most of the time?