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Listen to the whisper…or wait for the brick.

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door!
He slammed on the brakes and spun the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. He jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid who was standing there and pushed him against a parked car shouting,”What do you think you are doing, boy?”
Building up a head of steam he went on, “That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”

“Please sir, please. I’m sorry, I didn’t know whatelse to do,” pleaded the youngster.”I threw the brick because no one else would stop…”
Tears were dripping down the boy’s chin as he pointed around the parked car. “It’s my brother, sir,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”
Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair, sir? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay.
“Thank you and may God bless you, sir,” the grateful child said to him.
The man then watched the little boy push his brother toward their home. It was a long walk back to his Jaguar…a long slow walk. He never did repair the side door.
He kept the dent to remind him “not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention .”
God whispers in your soul and speaks to your heart. Sometimes when you don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at you.

It’s your choice:
Listen to the whisper…
or wait for the brick.

E mail courtsey Dr M J Kapadia

  1. Emman
    December 9, 2010 at 3:13 am

    The values learned from the whisper or brick story will tell us how we need to be reminded of the worth of life, on how to listen to our innermost part of our heart. The young man in the story possess a great success in life, material things that often times it blinds our path. The values reminds us that you do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been but also where you’re going. Life is a not a race, it’s a journey to be savored.

    The brick awakened this youngman that there are many things to value, that he need to choose between the material possess to the life of an innocent boy who has a big burden to carry that he need to make a drastic measures to be heared by throwing bricks. His consience was moved with pity realizing the worth of life over the material possession, and on how grateful the child toward the values he showed ( a spirit of helping each other) and he also regard for personal honor and dignity.

    Slamming a car on a full stop, especially if we travel so fast and to check the damage, means a lot. As for a young man, since he was so busy acquiring too much about material possessions and little to God, we need to make a full stop and re assess it cost for ruining ourselves.

    It is true that we always wait for the brick. But things will be better if we listened to our heart. I do understand the difficulty we need to train ourselves first to heed to the innerself. But we often tend to ignore. let us remind ourselves as often as we can. Mind acts practically but heart acts correctly. God does seek to commune with us. I pray that we seek that communion with Him by letting go of our distractions.

    The values that we hold dear and regard highly take root within the home. The family remains the fertile ground for instilling values among the young, and it is the appropriate incubating place for nurturing and strengthening such values.
    Schools serve to reinforce these values by providing opportunities for young children to exhibit and practice the values that they have imbibed at home in their interactions with their peers and teachers.

    Among the new generations of Filipinos today, many of them are to busy acquring distractions and keep forgetting the value of self worth, maintaining the close relationship with God is less in them. They prioritized to keep them busy indulging in less fruitfull activities rather than working hard to study their lessons.

    These days, the challenge for parents and teachers is to guide the young against the tendency of some print and broadcast media and the Internet, to distort these values. We need to teach our children to be more discerning and constantly guide them in a manner that they will grow up with conviction and capable of making well-informed decisions without compromising the values we hold dear.

    There are so many things which offer a distraction for us: brand new car, home, job, internet, soap operas on television, cellphones, facebook, twitter, sports, drugs, vices and etc. It is not just the acquisition of things, but the loss of them that can become distraction.

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