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My daughter sent me this - I don't know where she found it, but it tells a story that I've heard before, in different words.

(I know that the Greenleaf family looks after its own - and that there are many, many special members here who care for each other. It's heartwarming to be a part of such a wonderful group!)

Maybe some of you may like to pass it along to others? :lol:

Here's the story:

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to 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 the 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 of 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 -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer`s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer`s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with 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, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer`s wife did not get well; she died.

So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

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 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.

REMEMBER. . . . . .

EACH OF US IS A VITAL THREAD IN ANOTHER PERSON`S TAPESTRY; OUR LIVES ARE

WOVEN TOGETHER FOR A REASON.

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Wow...If ever I needed to read this story it is now. Kinda went thru something recently that helped me realize that when you are in trouble or need...it is always great to know who has your back. :lol:

Thanks for sharing.

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I have heard this before and I never tire of it. It is a great reminder that you never know who knows whom, the neighbor child you pick up after he falls off his bike may someday pick you up when you are old and ill and that paying it forward may make you a recipient someday when you need it.

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I have heard this before and I never tire of it. It is a great reminder that you never know who knows whom, the neighbor child you pick up after he falls off his bike may someday pick you up when you are old and ill and that paying it forward may make you a recipient someday when you need it.

You never know when you are going to need somebody someday. I live by that motto. Do not burn bridges (unless they really truly deserve it) because they might be the one that is your savior when you need them.

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This is so true and sad that more people do not thik this way.

One of the classes i am taking in school right now is concerned with global social problems and many of the young minds in my class feel that the poor deserve what they get and the homeless in the city are all just bums who do nothing but use drugs and thats why they are there.

I have worked with these people i have lived in the same area of town and been very close to being in their shoes i know that although some are drug users they do not deserve to be where they are. Nobody deserves to be homeless. Many street people suffer from mental illness and realistically addiction is an illness too. Many people believe that these sorts of people are dangerous and maybe some are but i can honestly say that some are very nice people. I used to waitress in a bar in the very worst section of the city and because busses did not run when i got off work and could not afford a taxi i walked home most nights at 4 am. One night a bunch of drunken college guys pulled me into their car and attempted to rape me It was not the police or the well off people who saved me from a horrible fate it was those very same homeless people that people like my attackers consider to be violent and dangerous. It just goes to show that you cannot judge people and you have to look out for others because one day you will need it and if you dismiss people as nothing they will likely do the same to you.

At the time i was living in this area i was not by any means well off but i did what i could to help others. If i cooked too much i saved it and gave it to the hungry people. I worked at starbucks and instead of dumping the coffee every hour i drained it off and gave it to those around the store that were homeless and cold. Random acts of kindness may seem like nothing to those who give them but to those who recieve them they may mean everything

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