Next New Beginnings -
April 26- 29, 2007
The Wooden Bowl
by Jim Dubel, D.C.
We all run into stories that
need to be repeated. The wooden bowl is one of them.
It will be replayed in your mind many more times after you read it.
I wish I had written it. But I can only take credit for passing it along.
Hope it stirs some emotion in you for your family, patients and friends.
I guarantee you will remember the tale of the wooden bowl tomorrow, a
week from now, a month from now, a year from now.
The Wooden Bowl
A frail old man went to live
with his son, daughter-in- law, and four-year old grandson. The old man's
hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
The family ate their meals together at the kitchen table.
But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating
difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the
glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. It was a difficult time during
The son and daughter-in- law became irritated with his mess.
"We must do something about father," said the son.
"I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There,
Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
Because Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a
When his family glanced in Grandfather' s direction, he sometimes had a
tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for
him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.
His four-year-old grandson watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with pieces
of wooden scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you
Just as sweetly, the boy responded,
"Daddy, I am making a little bowl for
you and Mommy to eat your food in when I grow up".
The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears
started to stream down both of their cheeks.
Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.
That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back
to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with
the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care
any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth
Every time I read or think about the story of the wooden bowl I get a
little teary eyed.
On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it
seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she
handles life situations with elderly family members and patients.
Patients complaining about their symptoms, missing or cancelled
appointments are no reason to get upset or stress out.
I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents,
other family members, patients and friends. You will miss them when
they're gone from your life.
I've learned that making a "LIVING" is not the same thing as making a
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on
both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you
focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and
doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I
usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.
People love that human touch -- a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.!
All My Love, Loyalty and Friendship... . Jim Dubel
I wish you enough.....
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the
day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
TAKE TIME TO LIVE.....
for a New Future
Chiropractic Growth & Philosophy Weekend
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