Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Would It Take a Brick to Get Your Attention?

Dear Friends,

Would It Take a Brick to Get Your Attention?

Here’s a great story that can remind us all to slow down…and look around.

A young, successful executive named Josh was driving down a neighborhood street.
He was talking on his cell phone and going a bit too fast in his brand-new, sleek, supercharged Jaguar XKR. Suddenly – WHUMP! A brick smashed into the Jag’s
pristine black door! SCREECH!!! Brakes slammed, gears ground into reverse, and
tires madly spun the Jaguar back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.
There stood a young boy, looking desperate.

Josh jumped out of the Jaguar, grabbed the boy and pushed him up against a parked car. “What was that all about and who are you? That’s my new Jag, and that brick you threw is going to cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw it?”

“Please, mister, please...I’m sorry! I didn’t know what else to do! I threw the brick because no one else would stop!” Tears dripped down the boy’s chin as he pointed around the parked car. “It’s my brother,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up. Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair?” the boy pleaded. “He’s hurt and too heavy for me.”

Stunned, Josh desperately tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He gently lifted the young man back into the wheelchair, then took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He watched as the younger brother eased the wheelchair down the sidewalk and around the corner. Then Josh spent a long time looking at his brand-new, sleek, supercharged Jaguar XKR.

Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar. He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone had to throw a brick at him to get his attention.

That brick was a blessing!


Jeffrey Stanton
Your Trusted Advisor For Life

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