People Skills: Brotherly Love

Two brothers farmed together, they lived in separate houses on the family farm, but each day they met in the field to work together. One brother married and had a large family. The other brother lived alone but still they shared the harvest from the fields equally.

One night the single brother thought, my brother is struggling to support a large family but I get half the harvest. With great love in his heart he gathered a large box of things he had purchased from his earnings – items he knew would help his brothers family. He planned to slip over to his brothers shed, unload his box there and never say a word about it.

That same night the married brother thought , My brother is alone, he doesn’t know the joys of having a family. Out of love he decided to take over a box with a quilt and handmade bread and preserves to warm his brother’s house. He planned to leave the items on his brother’s porch and never say a word.

As the brothers stealthily made their way to each other’s home, they bumped into each other. They were forced to admit what they were doing, and there in the darkness they cried an hugged, each man realizing that his greatest wealth was a brother who respected and loved him.

This story moved me because of the way both of these men were thinking – They thought of their brother in a loving way and when we think of others in a loving way we extend ourselves, we smile more; we do more and use deeper kindness.

How are you thinking about your brothers and sisters in this world? Can you think more loving thoughts today? Of course you can.

I would love to hear your story.

Remember, you create your day by the way you think! Make it magnificent!

Blessings, Shawna

Happy Friday and please enjoy these People Skills video tips:


~ by Shawna Schuh on January 21, 2011.

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