Secret Lessons Inside The Wooden Bowl

Tranquilpen By Tranquilpen, 21st Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This was so beautiful and prophetic I suppose, The letter originated on the
15th of September, 1998 and the author has but one desire only that the entire world should read it: "I am not going to be the one who lets it die.. I found it believable --angels have walked beside me all my life--and they still do"..

The Wooden Bowl

I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week
from now, a month from now, a year from now.


A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law,
and four-year-old grandson.
The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered

Enough! This Noisy Eating Just Won't Do

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky
hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the
floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.
'We must do something about father,' said the son.'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden
bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear
in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

I'm Making A Bowl For You And Mama

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood
scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?'
Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.
' The four-year-old smiled and went back to work..

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears
started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew
what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to
the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family.
And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when
a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

Reflecting On Lessons Learned

"On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it
seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.


I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she
handles four things:
a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.


I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a
'life..'


I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on
both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.


I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you
But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others,
your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you


I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually
make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a
friendly pat on the back.


I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

"I've learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about .I just
did, to every single one of you dear writers here on wikinut.com, you are all very precious to me.
Please copy the contents and distribute it freely.
Someone who cares deeply for me has forwarded it to me just 1 hour ago"


Friendship Candle


The Date The candle Was Started,
Will Give You Goose Bumps

This is to all of you who
mean something to me,
I pray for your happiness.

The Candle Of Love, Hope & Friendship
cid:007701ca3b38$b0e5fbb0$FB9A5437@JesseJPeacock

This candle was lit on the
15th of September, 1998

Someone who loves you has helped
keep it alive by sending it to you.

Don't let The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die

Pass It On To All Of Your Friends
and Everyone You Love!
May God richly bless you!


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author avatar Tranquilpen
As Andre' Hartslief, I strongly believe, that In life, there are no justified resentments.”We the old legends will become relics and fade away, while new giants emerge in our world of sobering truths.

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author avatar Buzz
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Quite a tear-jerker, my friend. A human interest story indeed. I've added this to FB to pass it around.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Hello Buzz, Thanks for sharing it on facebook.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Very good read and although I've seen this numerous times I always take the time to re-read this important message. The 'tempter' (Satan) is ever present to mislead even the best of us to mistreat our friends and loved ones. Thankfully God gives us second chances when we 'mess up'...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Hello Sam, It really touched my heart strings when a dear friend of mine sent it along. Ah, yes, the Son of perdition is always about keeping us always vigilant. Thank you for reading.

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author avatar jayababy
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Its very touching, Tranquilpen.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Good lessons for me. Thanks for reading JayaB.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Wonderful teaching story--have heard it before but you tell it in unique style--well done~ Thanks for sharing. Fine pictures, too. Nice presentation!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you R.D. for reading dear friend, I just had to put it up there for all to see:-))

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Brought tears to my eyes this one did. What a great story with a profound lesson. Many thanks Tranquilpen.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Hi Steve, I simply had to put it up there for all to see, I'm so glad you liked it.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Wow! That brought tears to my eyes..thanks for sharing...shared on facebook and twitter....

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Hello Starleena, Had me in tears also. Thank you so much for sharing it on Facebook as well dear friend. It's been out there since 1998 and still running strong :-))

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author avatar Val Mills
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

What a wise 4 yeasr old. We can learn so much from children.Thank you for sharing this.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

That child's remark, left my quite speechless as well Val. thank you for reading:-))

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author avatar Maria Malone
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Great job putting this out there as there is much to learn from from this....although it is difficult at times, I try to remember and live by the Golden Rule and hope that I will be treated equally.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

I'm so glad you liked it Maria. We can all but strive to make life just a bit better for someone, especially our own parents, who gave us the best years of their lives. Pity, that we only fully understand the importance of this lesson once we are getting on in years, ourselves:-))

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

You have me in tears my friend. I am so glad you shared this with us, what a great message. Well done my friend. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
23rd Sep 2011 (#)

hello dear friend, been missing your wise comments, but I also UNDERSTAND. Thank you Denise for reading, I am not the author I simply placed it here for all to see. I only wrote that teeny weeny bold four liner at the bottom:-)) Trusting that you and yours are all well, God bless:-))

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author avatar Songbird B
22nd Sep 2011 (#)

Just beautiful, my dear friend..This really touched me, Andre, and I will make sure that this is passed on too..

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author avatar Tranquilpen
23rd Sep 2011 (#)

Hi Bev, and ditto that my friend. Thank you for circulating it:-))

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author avatar Tranquilpen
23rd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Beverly dear friend, and thank you for reading:-))

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Sep 2011 (#)

Such a heart rending story to inspire us all Tranquilpen, an amazing share my friend...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
24th Sep 2011 (#)

Hi Delicia, I just had to share it with the wikinutters, thanks for reading;-))

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author avatar juny
25th Sep 2011 (#)

Great lesson to learn...thanks for sharing this one sir :)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
26th Sep 2011 (#)

You are so very welcome Oballesansano;-))

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author avatar Carol
27th Sep 2011 (#)

This is just beautiful. Many thanks for sharing with us.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
27th Sep 2011 (#)

Hello dear Carol, one can but try, Your comments are so uplifting my friend:-))

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
27th Sep 2011 (#)

Tranquilpen: This is so sad and yet the ending compensates. I went with an elderly relative for dinner at a buffet bar. He went off for another plate and never came back. I waited and waited, then found him at another table - he had forgotten he was with me. I don't remember saying anything about it.
I am still following you! I mixed up the "Following & Stop Following" Buttons.

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