Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Sat, 8 Jun 1996 21:34:32 -0700
Here is a story I recently adapted into a Scoutmaster's minute that
was well received by my Scouts.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **
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Once there was a man who said some things about a friend that were
neither true nor complimentary. Afterwards, he felt ashamed and
went to his friend and apologized. Still, as he walked around town,
he could hear the false words being repeated. Troubled by this,
he went to the wisest man in the community.
"How can I undo this terrible wrong that I did", he asked the wise
man. The wise man thought for a moment and said, "Bring me a
feather pillow." The man did so and quickly returned. "Now go to
the hilltop outside of town, slit open the pillowcase, and shake
it until all of the feathers are gone." Again, the man quickly
did as he was instructed. When he returned to the wise man, the
wise man said, "Now go and pick up every single feather and place
them all back into the pillowcase." The man replied, "But that's
impossible. There is no way that I can find all those feathers
and put them back." "Indeed," answered the wise man, "and there is
no way to gather back the words that you cast into the air either."
And so it is. Once we speak, we can never gather the words back
into the pillowcase. So it is important to think about what we are
going to say before we cast our words into the wind.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City