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May 9, 2010


inspiration made of sand and stone

by Andrea O'Connell

Sand and Stone

This story tells of two friends who were walking through the desert. During some point of their journey, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, she wrote in the sand:


They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath.

The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but her friend saved her.

After she recovered from the near drowning, she wrote on a stone:


The friend, who had slapped and saved her best friend, asked her, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where the winds of forgiveness can erase it, but when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone, so no wind can ever erase it.”

(Learn to write your hurts in the sand and carve your blessings in stone.)

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  1. auntdeedee
    May 10 2010

    I love this little story! Its almost like an Aesop’s fable. Good wisdom.

    I ran across another quote which is what I TRY to live by!

    “Treat everyone with more kindness than they deserve for you do not know the troubles they are going through.”

    What a lovely world we would live in if every sane person would follow these two bits of wisdom!

    Thank you for sharing your post’s story at my site, Andrea!

    • Andrea
      May 10 2010

      Hi Dee, I really love it, too. It’s been long in my memory and I do try to remember it and live by it….I wish everyone did.

      Boy, it’s been a long Monday…. g’nite my dear……

  2. weezie10
    May 10 2010

    Beautifully given as reminders by both of you. I always look up to people with a higher moral code. You both give me inspiration. I haven’t anything of wisdom except I have always liked the FOOT PRINTS IN THE SAND poem.

    • Andrea
      May 10 2010


      Thank you. You and Dee inspire me, too by your actions and your words. You, Weezie, for your courage and insight.

  3. Kitt
    May 10 2010

    What a beautiful story. In fact, I am going to copy and paste and send to my best friend.

    I have a little thing to share…

    “Be kind to one another. Never wait until tomorrow to show signs of affection, for someday there will be no tomorrows for one, and many lonely tomorrows for the other.”
    Martin Buxbaum

    • Andrea
      May 10 2010

      I’m so glad you like it, Kitt. I really do, too.

      Thank you for the lovely Martin Baxbaum quote. It’s so true, never wait to share or express affection and caring, when you don’t the regret is unbearable…..

      It’s so important to live each moment in a state of continuous appreciation and “continual becoming”, as in becoming more human, more loving, more grateful for each moment we have to share with people who mean the world to us.

      continuous kindness is something I think about every day, many times a day. But, I struggle with treating rude and unkind people with continuous kindness because it makes me feel uneasy and fake. Fortunately, these horrible people number in the few – and in the workplace it’s easy to get away from them, too. But, with them i do try….it’s just a lot harder…. 🙂

      boy, that was a tangent, huh? LOL!


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