A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day
and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are
"The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the
doors and the holy man looked in.
In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle
of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and
made the holy man's mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They
appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very
long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it
possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but
because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not
get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered
at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said,
"You have seen Hell."
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly
the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the
large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The
people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here
the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The holy man said, "I don't understand.
" It is simple" said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see,
they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of
themselves. "A friend is someone who r eaches for your hand, and
touches your heart." "People say true friends must always hold
hands, but true friends don't need to hold hands because they know the
other hand will always be there..."
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is
fighting some kind of battle."
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