Friday, June 25, 2010

Parable of the Muddy Footprints


I read in a story related by Jack Weyland in 1986, about a parable which he calls the Muddy Footprints. Here is the jest of the parable. He mentions all of us, at some time in our lives whether we mean to, or not ...leave muddy footprints. He mentions there are three kinds of people in the world...

Those who absolutely refuse to do anything to clean them up.

Those who will only clean up when they are required to.

And those who see the mud and voluntarily go about cleaning up.


It made me wonder when I read this, about how aware we are of our choices and decisions we make in life. Is our vision limited? Do we only see what we want to see?  Or do we pay attention to the results of our actions and if they are wrong, are we the first try and make up for the damage we might have caused? How is our conscience? Do we feel bad, when we have done something wrong or offended someone ( even by mistake)? How do we then, go about handling the situation? I believe it is important to be responsible for our actions. We will all make mistakes, but it what we do about those mistakes, that show our true character. It is important to lose the tunnel vision and see the whole picture, remember we aren't the only one going through this school called... LIFE!

Just food for thought!

“By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” ~ Grenville Kleiser

"Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous-not just to some people in some circumstances-but to everyone all the time."  ~ Thomas J. Watson, Sr

"Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That's why we want to be considerate of every man--Who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do? " ~ Maxim Gorky

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