girl in love asked her boyfriend: "Tell me,
who do you love most in this world?"
your heart, what am I to you?"
boy thought for a moment and looked intently in
her eyes and said, "You are my rib. In the
Bible, it was said that God saw that Adam was
lonely. During his sleep, God took one of Adam's
rib and created Eve. Every man has been searching
for his missing rib. Only when you find the woman
of your life will you no longer feel the
lingering ache in your heart."
their wedding, the couple had a sweet and happy
life for a while. However, the youthful couple
began to drift apart due to the busy schedule of
life and the never-ending worries of daily
problems. Their life became mundane. All the
challenges posed by the harsh realities of life
began to gnaw away at their dreams and love for
each other. The couple began to have more
quarrels, and each quarrel became more heated.
day, after a quarrel, the girl ran out of the
house. At the opposite side of the road, she
shouted, "You don't love me!" The boy
hated her childishness, and out of impulse
retorted, "Maybe it was a mistake for us to
be together! You were never my missing rib!"
she turned quiet and stood there for a long while.
He regretted what he said, but words spoken are
like thrown away water -- you can never take them
back. With tears, she went home to pack her
things and was determined on breaking up.
she left the house, the girl said, "If I'm
really not your missing rib, then please let me
go." She continued, "It is less painful
this way. Let us go on our separate ways and
search for our own partners."
years went by. He never remarried but he had
tried to find out about her life indirectly. She
had left the country and came back. She had
married a foreigner and divorced. He felt
anguished that she never waited for him. In the
dark and lonely night, he lit his cigarette and
felt the lingering ache in his heart. He couldn't
bring himself to admit that he was missing her.
day they finally met -- at the airport -- a place
where there were many reunions and good-byes. He
was going away on a business trip. She was
standing there alone, with just the security door
separating them. She smiled at him gently.
"How are you?"
"I'm fine. How about you. Have you found
your missing rib?"
"I'll be flying to New York on the next
"I'll be back in 2 weeks time."
"Give me a call when you get back. You know
my number. Nothing has changed." With a
smile, she turned around and waved good-bye.
week later, he heard of her death. She had
perished in New York -- in the event that shocked
Once again, he lit his cigarette. And like
before, he felt the lingering ache in his heart.
He finally knew that she was the missing rib that
he had so carelessly broken.
- AUTHOR UNKNOWN -
people say things out of moments of fury. Most
often than not, the outcome could be disastrous
and detrimental. We vent our frustrations 99% at
our loved ones. And even though we know that we
ought to "think twice and act wisely,"
it's often easier said than done.
happen each day, many of which are beyond our
control. Let us treasure every moment and
everyone in our lives. Tomorrow may never come.
Give and accept what you have today.
stumble over pebbles, never over mountains."
- Emilie Cady
GOD'S LITTLE ACRE
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