Coco Calling No. 95 - Getting Your Reward in Heaven…..
I guess there’s a little part in everyone of us that wants to be appreciated. We want to be acknowledged for small acts of kindness, for our efforts and for our sincerity. And when nothing is said, or we get the opposite reaction to the one we were expecting, we can be left feeling hurt or disappointed.
And that applies to parrots as well as to human beings. For example, I can go a whole day without gnawing the top of the kitchen cabinets, but does anyone notice? No, instead they complain that I’ve spilt seed husks all over the floor. Or when I whistle a special tune that I’ve worked on for ages, instead of stopping to listen, the family rushes out of the door to go shopping. Life isn’t always very fair.
But when I’m having a bad day, I think about a special message that Mother Teresa of Calcutta had pinned up on her wall. This is what it says:
“People are often unreasonable,
irrational and self-centred.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win
some unfaithful friends and some
genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people
may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend creating
others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness,
some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today
will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it
will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you
and God. It has never been between you and
“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…..” (Matthew 5:12a)