Minute Inspiration
Apr
9
I heard a story the other day that made me laugh. It also made me think. It went like this:

"There is an old story of a waiter who asked a customer whether he had enjoyed the meal. The guest replied that everything was fine, but it would have been better if they had served more bread.

"The next day, when the man returned, the waiter doubled the amount of bread, giving him four slices instead of two, but still the man was not happy.

"The next day, the waiter doubled the bread again, without success.

"On the fourth day, the waiter was really determined to make the man happy. And so he took a nine-foot-long loaf of bread, cut it in half, and with a smile, served that to the customer. The waiter could scarcely wait for the man’s reaction.

"After the meal, the man looked up and said, 'Good as always. But I see you’re back to giving only two slices of bread.'"

I laughed with everyone else that heard it, but now as I recount it—oh. Because you and I probably did the exact same thing just last week. And what's sad is that we probably did it to people that love us and are trying to help us. You might have complained about the broken glass, but been blind to the fact that Jenny had actually been doing the dishes without being asked. I might have grumbled about something at work, but forgotten that I have a fun, good job in a tough economy. You might have yelled at teenage Tim for parking—again—in the way of your car, but missed that he was—incredibly—home before curfew. In other words, you—and me, and all of us—might have been eating two slices of bread when our life and our family was trying to give us loaves.

Let's be grateful and notice the blessings happening in our family. Selfishness is blindness, but gratitude is abundance. It's a happier life, and at least a lot more bread. Butter, anyone?

By David Miles, Familius Digital Director
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