A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. As he was putting up a sign ‘For Sale’ on his fence, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.
“Sir,” he said, “I want to buy one of your puppies.”
“Well,” said the farmer, “these puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money.”
The boy thought for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. “I’ve got fifty cents. Is that enough to take a look at the puppies?”
“Sure,” said the farmer.
And with that the farmer called out loudly, “Dolly, come on out!”
Dolly ran out from the doghouse and down the ramp followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain-link fence. His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else coming out of the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared; this one was noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up.
“I want that one,” the little boy said, pointing to the undersized and weak pup.
The farmer knelt down at the boy’s side and said, “Son, you don’t want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would.”
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed steel braces running down both sides of his leg attached to the specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, “You see sir, I don’t run too well myself, and this puppy will need someone who understands.”
The world is full of people who need someone who understand.
Dear readers, we all can learn a great deal from this story and the importance of developing virtues such as unconditional love, kindness and compassion.
Learn more on how we can develop these divine qualities through spiritual practice.http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritualresearch/happiness/gaininghappiness/happiness_spirituallove_h
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