Emotion: smileThis is really TOUCHING ok...........

I think you'll find this empowering,

This came from a friend from South Africa. I like to share this with you

People always say how mean kids can be, not often how nice they can be.

This story will either make you cry, give you cold chills or just leave
you cold, but it puts life into perspective!

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled
children, the father of one of the school's students delivered a speech
that would never be forgotten by all who attended.

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he posed a question.
"Everything God 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 God's plan reflected in my son?" The audience was stilled by
the query. The father continued. "I believe that when God brings a child
like Shay into the world, an opportunity to realize the Divine Plan
presents itself and it comes in the way 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 will let me play?"
father knew that the boys would not want him on their team. But the
father understood that if his son were allowed to play it would give him
much-needed sense of belonging. Shay's father approached one of the boys
on the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around for
guidance from his teammates. Getting none, he took matters into his own
hands and said, "We are losing by six runs, and the game is in the
eighth inning.
guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him up to bat in the
ninth inning."

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but
was still behind by three. At the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a
glove and played in the outfield. Although no hits came his way, he was
obviously ecstatic just to be 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. Shay was scheduled to be
the next to bat. Would the team actually let Shay bat at this juncture
and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given
the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because 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 moved a
few steps forward 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 toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit
a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the ball and
could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have
been out and that would have ended the game.
Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right
field, far beyond reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling,
"Shay, run to first, run to first" Never in his life had Shay ever made
it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and
Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" By the time Shay was
rounding first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have
thrown the ball to the second baseman for a tag. But the right fielder
understood what the pitcher's intentions had been, so he threw the ball
high and far over the third baseman's head. Shay ran towards second base
as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home.

As Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned
him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!" As Shay
rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay, run
Shay ran home, stepped on home plate and was cheered as the hero for
hitting a "grand slam" and winning 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 the Divine Plan into
this world."

And now, a footnote to the story: We all send thousands of jokes through
e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages
regarding life choices, people think twice about sharing. The crude,
vulgar and sometimes the obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but
public discussion of decency is too often suppressed in school and the

If you are thinking about forwarding this message, you are probably
thinking about which people on your address list aren't the
ones to receive this type of message.

The person who sent this to you believes that we can all make a

We all have dozens of opportunities a day to help realize God's plan. So
many seemingly trivial interactions between people present us with a
choice; do we pass along a spark of the Divine love that God gives to us
every day? Or do we pass up that opportunity and leave the world a bit
colder in the process?
Hey Vasantha,

It's great man, really touching.

Let's make the world a better place to live.

Wow, Vasantha, that's really beautiful. : sniffle :

It goes to show that no matter how most of the world behaves, there is still some hope for those who are "differently abled".


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hi Tearofjoy,

Thank you. im really enjoying in this the forum.
I'm glad you're enjoying yourself, Vasantha! Do call me Joy - that's what I'm called here.


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AnonymousI'm glad you're enjoying yourself, Vasantha! Do call me Joy - that's what I'm called here.


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