A Disguised Gift

We should val˙e things not for what they are worth, but for what they represent. Thoughtful people are grateful for what is given to them rather than complaining about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life.

Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten. ~Buddha

When we develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything bestowed upon us, every step forward is a step toward achieving and acquiring something bigger and better than we currently have.

As the story goes, there was a story of a young man whose resentment deprived him many years of wonderful relationship with his father, which he could never get back, just because he thought his father's gift was not the present he had expected.

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" He then stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and a wonderful family, but realizing his father was very old, he thought perhaps he should go to see him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make the arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he was reading, a car key dropped from the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words..."PAID IN FULL".

How many times did we miss some blessings because they were not presented as we expected? The good fortune we could have might be presented in different form and we could spoil the gift by craving something else. It might in fact be a blessing in disguise.

By Tim Pedrosa


For every minute that we are angry with someone, we lose 60 seconds of happiness that you can never get back.