Count Your Blessings
As I was walking down the street,
I met a lady with no feet.
Because she had no feet to use,
She did not complain she had no shoes.
Then as I walked further on,
I met a man who'd lost an arm.
He had no coat ... he had no sleeve,
I neither heard him cry nor grieve.
In a few more steps, whom did I spy,
But a stumbling man with a blinded eye.
He could not walk his path alone,
I did not even hear him groan.
Somewhere else along my walk,
I met a man who could not talk.
He could tell no one of his pain,
He did not grumble nor complain.
Another block brought me quite near
To a man who could not hear.
He never once had heard a hymn,
But he kept his anguish closed within.
In that same block, whom did I find ...
But some lost soul without a mind.
A lot of babble he did utter,
But no objection did he mutter.
Not much further did I go,
When I saw an old man moving slow.
His hands were gnarled; his back was bent,
Not one complaint did I hear him vent.
When my walk was nearly through,
I found myself approaching you.
You always say there's something wrong,
So, for that reason, hear this song.
Aren't you aware how you've been blest?
Can't you see you've no distress?
Don't you know how whole you are?
See where you've been, and just how far?
Can't you quiet your complaints?
Appreciate those men's restraints?
There, but for God's holy grace,
Could you be walking in their place.
~ Virginia Ellis ~
Copyright © 1999
A lady walks into a bank in New York City and asks for the loan officer. She says she's going to Europe on business
for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000.
The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan, so the lady hands over the keys to a new Rolls Royce. The car is parked on the street in front of the bank; she has the title,and everything checks out. The bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. The bank's president and its officers all enjoy a good laugh at the lady for using a $250,000 Rolls as collateral against a $5,000 loan. An employee of the bank then drives the Rolls into the bank's underground garage and parks it there.
Two weeks later, the lady returns and repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. The loan officer says, "Miss, we are very happy to have had your business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely; but we are a little puzzled. We checked you out and found that you are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is - why would you bother to borrow $5,000?"
The lady replies....."Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?"
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