Spreading Good News (Part 274 – This Is Good)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about my books!!

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THIS WEEK’S REVIEW:  “Jette Black and Her Seven Friends”

Kortnie Carter of Los Angeles, California, says, “Jette Black and Her Seven Friends is an excellent story because it lets children know that they don’t have to be ashamed or try to hide who they are just because they might be tall, overweight, or because of their ethnic background. They can grow up to be what they want to be.  And not let other people get in their way of getting a good education. Very Inspiring!!!!”

 

Read the preview and reviews for Jette Black and Her Seven Friends and order today at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

 

VIEW OUR CABLE TV AD HERE:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXHTT8NGT8

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TODAY’S QUOTE

LISTEN CAREFULLY TO WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR OWN MOUTH.

~ Joyce Fields

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TODAY’S BLOG

This story is a testament to the old saying that “everything happens for a reason, and, usually, for the best.”


This Is Good

An old story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up.  The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, “This is good!”

One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition.  The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king.  The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off.  Examining the situation, the friend remarked as usual, “This is good!” To which the king replied, “No, this is NOT good!” and proceeded to send his friend to jail.

About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of.  Cannibals captured him and took him to their village.  They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake, and bound him to the stake.  As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb.  Being superstitious, they never ate anyone who was less than whole.  So untying the king, they sent him on his way.

As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend.  He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.

“You were right,” he said, “it was good that my thumb was blown off.”  And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. “And so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.”

“No,” his friend replied, “This is good!”

“What do you mean, ‘This is good’?  How could it be ‘good’ that I sent my friend to jail for a year?”

“If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you.”

 

~ Source:  The Internet

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~ Joyce Fields

 

 

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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3 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 274 – This Is Good)

  1. Kortnie and Konto says:

    That’s pretty bananas!

  2. Nita says:

    That was good! Things do happen for a reason…they were BOTH spared becase the King lost his thumb.

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