Two Choices......

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  1. safa

    safa Bronze IL'ite

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    Subject: 2 choices


    What would you do? You make the choice! Don't look for a punch line;
    There isn't one! Read it anyway. My question to all of you is: Would you have made the same choice?

    At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its
    dedicated staff, he
    offered a question:

    "When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where
    is the natural order of things in my son?"

    The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. "I believe, that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child. "Then he told the following story:

    Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?"
    Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay
    on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

    Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play, not expecting much. The boy looked around for guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning.
    I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning."

    Shay struggled over to the team's bench put on a team shirt with a broad smile and his Father had a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart.
    The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still
    behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

    At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold the
    bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, ecognizing the other
    team putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over, but the pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

    Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the head of the first baseman, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first! "Never
    in his
    life had Shay ever ran that far but made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards
    second, gleaming and struggling to make i t to second base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their team, who had a chance to be the hero for his team for the first time. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions and he too intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

    All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way
    Shay" Shay reached third base, the opposing shortstop ran to help him and turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third! Shay, run to third" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams and those watching were on their feet were screaming, "Shay, run home! Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.

    That day, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world.

    Shay didn't make it to another summer and died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making his Father so happy and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

    AND, NOW A
    LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people think twice about sharing. The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

    If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people on your address list that aren't the "appropriate" ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person who
    sent you this believes that we all can make a difference. We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the "natural order of things." So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people
    present us with a
    choice: Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up that opportunity to brighten the day of those with us the least able, and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

    A wise man once sai d every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.

    You now have two choices:
    1. Delete
    2. Forward
    May your day be a Shay Day sunny today & always
     
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  2. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    well this is a nice message.....very good and challenging

    dear safa,
    i know what it is to face with disabilities....and single handed stand to get applauded is something a feat...where the normal crowd acknowledge u...u know i lost my hearing at 27 during my child birth and suddenly situation came to a level i had to be the bread winner and i knew only singing apart from the office work where they wont accept a hearing impaired...and sang my way to some 15 yrs with so many different audiences clapping....i prayed thanku oh lord for making this happen....even in my diabilities u have made me feel so good....no words can express that....regards sunkan
     
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    dear sundari,

    you made me cry , Sundari...
    So sad even to imagine such situations..Always during my prayers or not i thank GOD for giving life without having any disabilities for me and dear ones..How should be blessed more than this...that make me satisfied in life and I donot long for any thing more than that...
    regards,
     
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    dear safa,
    u have cried ok now i cant help it..but for me i enjoyed that i was able to do so many things at a go and that too was given by lord to me...right...he made me helpless then gave me so much to stand and do....in mahabharatha..u know the clan of panja pandava could not have exhisted if kunthi had not been blessed with the mantra of having a child if she prayed to a lord...her future was well known to the god that kingpandu under a curse will not be able to have sex as he will die on the spot due to a curse...so she used the mantra to 5 lords one was the sungod whose son was karna and so on with others....likewise i feel the god knew my shortcomings so he made me with so many others talents to survive and i am happy today too i am a strong back bone to my kids......this is a experience and blessing of the god...never cry....ur forward provoked my thoughts ....if no encouragement may be i would had also got lost in the many many handicap world....with lots of regards sunkan
     
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    Hi safa,
    Even though it might be a story for most of us, it may be a reality for some.
    I have been blessed with a wonderful baby girl, who according to the society norms is normal.
    But even with these disabilities, the parents of such kids do believe that they are normal.
    It feels shameful that it is the society which decides whether the kids are normal or not. With this perspective, the kids have to face so much of traumas even though their parents treat them normal.
    The society as a whole needs to change this perspective.

    I bow:bowdownto all those parents who are raising kids with these disablities.
    this story should be a lesson to all those who think that being normal means not having any kind of disablilties. But they don't understand that people like these are the ones who are disabled by their speech, by sight, by their brain
     

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