Saturday, December 31, 2011

6WS - What goes around, comes back around

I love these 6 words and I'm a very strong believer in this. It goes alongside my belief that what we give out is what we will receive in return. Give out happiness and light and it will come back to you. Give out bitterness and anger and that too will come back to you.

That marvellous book of mine that I've been reading (and have now finished) had another one of those amazing 'urban legends' in it - I'm such a sucker for stories and explanations and cliches. I know I only shared a story yesterday, but this is such a good message to take into the New Year that I couldn't resist.

What Goes Around, Comes Back Around

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black mulch, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. "I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel. "Is that your son?" the nobleman asked. "Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

"I'll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll grow to a man you can be proud of."

And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming's son graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.

Years afterward, the nobleman's son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

A lesson for us all of us as we move into 2012 that what we give out will come back to us (eventually) So give out lots in the coming year of what you want to receive back.

Today it's 40 degrees celcius where I am, so tonight a few drinks around the pool at a friends place is how we plan to see in the New Year. Hope you're having a good one where ever you are and whatever you're doing. Stay safe and see you all back in 2012.


Cheers, Fi

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  1. A timely lesson - though I have read it before, it's good for any number of re-reads. Happy New Year to you.

  2. great words to live by. Mine are: this too shall pass

  3. I have always loved that story. Something positive to see in the new year - thanks :)

  4. Great story. I believe that too - sometimes it does take a while though...
    Happy New Year to you and your family. Hope you are keeping cool! It was the beach and then home to air conditioning for me on New Year's Eve.
    Cheers, Kylie

  5. Thanks for sharing this story. Very inspiring. And I am a complete believer of "you get, what you give". Pool, drinks sounds divine! It is nothing but muck over here. Rainy, windy and cold. Ick! But it is a new day, a new dawn so I will rejoice and be glad in it! Wishing you well for a great New Years celebration. Be safe!

  6. Words to remember - and a good reminder as we go into a new year. Blessings and Happy New Year!

  7. Always words well to be remembered! Happy New Year!

  8. A wonderful story -- so... what book were you reading?

    And a very Happy new Year to you -- it promises to be a beautiful day here in Vancouver. C.C. and I are having brunch with my daughter and a couple of friends and then off to Gabriola Island to ring in th eNew Year with my sister and her husband, island style. My sister is threatening to make me do the polar swim on New Year's day -- should be fun!

    Have a good one -- in your heat -- yummy!!!

  9. your post just gave me chills.....
    I love this and if everyone would just live be this motto... wow could you even imagine?

  10. Nice story, I didn't know about that. I hope you have a Happy New Year! : )

  11. So True!!!
    Happy 6ws and New Year!

  12. Inspiring story, thanks for sharing Fi. All the best for the brand new year :)


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