THE PARK BENCH


The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree.  Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, for the world was intent on dragging me down.

And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play.  He stood right before me with his head tilted down and said with great excitement, “Look what I found!”

In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight, with its petals all worn – not enough rain, or too little light.  Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play, I faked a small smile and then shifted away.

But instead of retreating he sat next to my side and placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise, “It sure smells pretty and it’s beautiful, too. That’s why I picked it; here, it’s for you.”  The weed before me was dying or dead.  Not vibrant of colors: orange, yellow or red.

But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.  So I reached for the flower, and replied,  “Just what I need.”  But instead of him placing the flower in my hand, he held it mid-air without reason or plan.

It was then that I noticed for the very first time that weed-toting boy could not see: he was blind.

I heard my voice quiver; tears shone in the sun as I thanked him for picking the very best one.  “You’re welcome,”  he smiled, and then ran off to play, unaware of the impact he’d had on my day.

I sat there and wondered how he managed to see a self-pitying person beneath an old willow tree. How did he know of my self-indulged plight? Perhaps from his heart, he’d been blessed with true sight.

Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see the problem was not with the world; the problem was me.  And for all of those times I myself had been blind, I vowed to see the beauty in life, and appreciate every second that’s mine.

And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose and breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose and smiled as I watched that young boy, another weed in his hand, about to change the life of another unsuspecting individual.

5 Responses to “THE PARK BENCH”

  1. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR Says:

    What a great story. I would like to see the author continue this story. Let’s see what happens next. As a life-long student of ethics I see the worlds of Politics, Business, Education and Ethics are difficult to blend. Organizations have negative results because the people on board cannot tell the difference between right and wrong. Due to scope, these consequences usually take longer to materialize, but is the result the same? You can find a ton of articles and books about business ethics about businesses “losing their way,” e.g., WorldCom, Tyco, Enron. You can also sign up for seminars where they preach to “do the right thing.” They paint the world in stark black and white. These resources ask one-dimensional ethical questions, such as, “Should you take kickbacks from suppliers?” For me, ethics in the workplace including schools are varying shades of gray. You have to rely on moral law, that is, does it ‘feel’ wrong? It’s easy to say, “There is right, and there is wrong.” In my management book, Wingtips with Spurs (http://www.amazon.com/Wingtips-Spurs-Michael-L-Gooch/dp/1897326882/) I address these issues in detail. All major corporations have their written code of conduct. Each one is pretty much just a copy of the others and is a major dust bunny. The next time you walk into someone’s office, ask to see the company code of conduct. Good luck on finding someone who will produce it within five minutes. The moral law is much easier to find and digest. It resides in each of us. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR Author of Wingtips with Spurs: Cowboy Wisdom for Today’s Business Leaders http://www.michaellgooch.com

  2. Cikgu Ain Says:

    i cried… huk huk huk …often we only ponder on the bad, or -tive part or situation and not the +tive side. . thanks for a wonderful story…

  3. Razila Says:

    Very Heart touching …and inspirational, reminding us to always appreciate & value the things that we have in our lives!!

  4. baba Says:

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    ENCORE ENCORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bravo i loved it but i liked 1000 mirrors better but still good😛

  5. Lilay Jandi Malditz Says:

    IT IS SO NICE ….. TO THOSE WHO DID IT I AM SO IMPRESSED OF YOU PLEASE DO MORE STORY SO OTHER WILL BE INSPIRED AT YOU …..GOOD JOB🙂


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