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Keep Your Fork

“Keep Your Fork” was a quote I heard on a podcast or read somewhere … I thought it was pretty cool as it provided inspiration … I like these kinds of things … A simple message which might change your life, change the direction your life is heading or change the way you are thinking … My favourite ones are the ones that encapsulate the world in a grain of sand … I collect these quotes, other times I make up some of my own …

A woman was diagnosed with cancer or a terminal illness. She had 3 months to live. She went to see her Pastor to get her things in order and advise him of her last wishes.

She advised him of what song she wanted to be played, what she wanted to be said at the service and what outfit she would like to be buried in. She also said I would like to have a fork in my right hand … The Pastor looked at the woman surprised. He didn’t know what to say …

She said, “You’re wondering what the fork is for?” Well, I used to go to many social gatherings and dinners. After the main course was served and the dishes were being cleared someone would always tell me “Keep Your Fork” … That was my favourite part as I knew that something better was coming… like velvety chocolate cake. Something wonderful, and with substance!

When the people at the funeral see me in the casket with the fork they will ask “What’s with the fork?”

The woman passed away not long after that. It was the day of the funeral. The woman was dressed in the dress she chose and her song was playing … Every time someone passed by her casket the Pastor would hear them say “What’s with the fork?” That made him smile over and over again …

During the message, he advised the people of the conversation he had with the woman before she died. “Keep Your Fork as Something Better is Coming”

During my travels, someone told me this story … I am not sure if it is true or not … I still find it interesting and true …

Two strangers sitting next to each other in the back seat of a taxi were travelling to a remote coastal town. It was about a 6 to 8-hour drive with not much to see except sand and desert.

One man was optimistic and the other pessimistic. They started talking about life. The optimist always saw the good in everything. The pessimist would always see the bad. They were like two sides of the same coin. The pessimist would talk about disease … “How can the world be good if we have disease?” The optimist would reply by saying “But we found penicillin to cure disease and we have bacteria that we can use to make yogurt … There is always good.” Their conversation went like this for most of the trip. The bad then the good, etc …

The taxi got side-swiped by a car coming from the opposite direction on the road. The impact caused it to lose balance. It flipped over and rolled a few times. The taxi got crushed.

The metal frame of the back seat window attached to the taxi door went through the optimist’s kidney … He was unconscious. The pessimist and the taxi driver were unharmed. The optimist had to be taken to the hospital. The pessimist accompanied him. The optimist needed to have emergency surgery.

When he woke up he saw the pessimist sitting next to him … He then said “Thank you for checking on me to make sure I was OK,” The pessimist said “Where is the good in this? You nearly died. If we were all alone unconscious you would have died as no one would have gotten you to the hospital.” Before the optimist could answer the doctor walked in. He looked at both men then said to the optimist “You are the luckiest man alive … If the frame had not pierced your kidney as a result of the accident you would have died within 3 to 6 months” Both men looked at him surprised. The doctor then continued “You had a cancerous growth that was so small it would have gone undetected. It was behind your right kidney. At the stage when it would have been big enough to be detected, it would have spread into your internal organs. It would have been too late to save your life. This accident was a blessing in disguise. You lost a kidney but you gained your life” The optimist tuned to the pessimist then said “See this is what I have been telling you all along. There is always good in the bad. And that is what makes the world good and worth living as we don’t know what is good or bad.”

The moral I take is to always believe that something better is coming. Believe that you can instead of that you can’t … Believe that there is always light after the darkness and it is not the train’s headlight coming out of a tunnel even after death … If things don’t change but I can tell you they will, your thoughts will make you get through what you need to get through with less pain … Whatever happens, is what it is … It is neither good nor bad … Our minds are what give it meaning … Remember there is always good in the bad and something better is coming

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12 Comments
  • HassMan
    Posted at 21:22h, 13 August

    Yes that is very very true. Thanks for commenting … 😉

  • Deborah Hunter Kells
    Posted at 08:20h, 13 August

    Inspiring post. Yes – we often need reminding how healthy it is to look at the positive
    side of life!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:23h, 27 July

    All g and hail to positive thinkers.

  • HassMan
    Posted at 17:30h, 01 July

    Cheers for the comment. I am glad you enjoyed reading it 👍

  • Heide Moller
    Posted at 10:53h, 29 June

    Beautifully written, sums up perspective nicely. Life is a strange, surprising creature!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:48h, 29 June

    Awesome read and something I needed. Thank you ☺️

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:14h, 25 June

    This is great, i love it. 😁

  • HassMan
    Posted at 19:45h, 14 June

    Thank you so so much for the kind words B. It is not all like that. A lot of it is chewing gum for the brain too …🤪

  • Bernadene
    Posted at 15:17h, 14 June

    Wow pretty deep Mr Hassman. Thank you for sharing this with me. Keep on going with this…….sure going to change alot of ppl lives with this.

  • HassMan
    Posted at 19:54h, 12 June

    Sure you will … that is the idea … 😝

  • Tracey newman
    Posted at 14:59h, 16 May

    I like this I’ll keep my fork too thanks

  • Tami swanson
    Posted at 09:12h, 14 May

    Awesome sauce………

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