Once I read this story in Chicken Soup for
the Veteran's Soul that really stuck in my
mind. The butcher was really surprised when
a dog wandered into his shop. His first instinct
was to shoo him away when he noticed that
the dog had a note in his mouth. It read,
"Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of
lamb, please. The dog has money in his mouth,
as well." And sure enough the dog had
a twenty-dollar bill in his mouth. He took
the money, put the sausages and the lamb
in a bag that he placed in the dog's mouth
and the dog left.
The owner of the shop, quite impressed, decided
to follow the dog. The dog arrives at a level
crossing, puts down his bag, jumps up, presses
the button and when the green light is on,
saunters across the road with the butcher
following. The dog then comes to a bus stop,
and after looking at the timetable, sits
down on one of the seats provided. When a
bus comes, he goes up front and checks the
number, notices it is the right bus and climbs
on. The butcher, by now open-mouthed, follows
him onto the bus.
At a certain moment, the dog stands on his
two back paws and pushes the button to stop
the bus. Then he gets off, his groceries
still in his mouth! After walking a few meters,
the dog stops at a house. He drops the groceries
on the step and takes a big run and throws
himself against the door. Once, twice, three
times. Since there is no answer at the door,
he walks around the house until he finds
a window and starts beating his head against
it several times.
Finally the door opens and a big guy comes
out and starts abusing the dog, kicking him
and punching him. Since he could not stand
this beating the butcher runs towards this
man and screams at him, "What in heaven's
name are you doing? The dog is a genius.
He could be on TV, for the life of me!"
To which the guy responds: "You call
this clever? This is the second time this
week that this stupid dog has forgotten his
Some people are never satisfied! When it's
warm they want it cold, when it's cold they
want it warm. They are always demanding more.
I do not know where this dissatisfaction
comes. It may be mindless pride or nonsensical
insecurity. I do not know. One thing is certain
- these people make their lives and the lives
of those around them a misery.
A dear elderly woman was asked what she uses
to make her complexion so fresh and beautiful
and her whole being so lively and attractive.
She simply answered: I use for my lips, truth;
I use for my voice, kindness; I use for my
ears, compassion; I use for my hands, charity;
I use for my figure, respectability; I use
for my heart, love; I use for any who do
not like me, prayer. Christianity can make
us beautiful. Very beautiful.
I think it helps to remember that excellence
is not a place at which we arrive so much
as a way of traveling.
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