We recently received the following story via email from a rancher in Colorado. I thought in this season of preparation for Thanksgiving and tough financial times it was particularly meaningful. Things will get better for each of us when we take the focus off of ourselves. Share some else's burden, give something away, invite someone over. Do something, anything for someone else this month and see how much lighter your own load becomes!
Do Unto Others -
A man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what heaven and hell are like."
The Lord led the man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms. Although each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, they could not get the spoon in their mouth because the handle was longer than their arm.
The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen hell."
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first room. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew, which made the man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The man said, "I don't understand."
"It is simple," said the Lord. "It requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. The people in the other room, on the other hand, think only of themselves."
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."