Classic 90's Fire Dancer... Poi, Staff, Doubles, and Breathing Location: South Lake Tahoe
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Posted:At a fundraising dinner for a school > that serves learning-disabled > children, the father of one of the > school's students delivered a speech > that would never be forgotten by all > who attended. > > After extolling the school and its > dedicated staff, he offered a > question. > > "Everything God does is done with > perfection. Yet, my son, Shay, cannot > learn things as other children do. He > cannot understand things as other > children do. Where is God's plan > reflected in my son?" > > The audience was stilled by the > query. The father continued. "I > believe," the father answered, "that > when God brings a child like Shay > into the world, an opportunity to > realize the Divine Plan presents > itself. And it comes in the way people > treat that child." > > Then, he told the following story: > Shay and his father had walked past > a park where some boys Shay knew > were playing baseball. Shay asked, > "Do you think they will let me play?" > Shay's father knew that most boys > would not want him on their team. > But the father understood that if his > son were allowed to play it would > give him a much-needed sense of > belonging. > > Shay's father approached one of the > boys on the field and asked if Shay > could play. The boy looked around for > guidance from his teammates. > Getting none, he took matters into > his own hands and said, "We are > losing by six runs, and the game is in > the eighth inning. I guess he can be > on our team and we'll try to put him > up to bat in the ninth inning." In the > bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's > team scored a few runs but was still > behind by three. > > At the top of the ninth inning, Shay > put on a glove and played in the > outfield. Although no hits came his > way, he was obviously ecstatic just > to be on the field, grinning from ear > to ear as his father waved to him from > the stands. > > In the bottom of the ninth inning, > Shay's team scored again. Now, with > two outs and bases loaded, the > potential winning run was on base. > Shay was scheduled to be the next > at-bat. Would the team actually let > Shay bat at this juncture and give > away their chance to win the game? > > Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. > Everyone knew that a hit was all but > impossible because Shay didn't even > know how to hold the bat properly, > much less connect with the ball. > However, as Shay stepped up to the > plate, the pitcher moved a few steps > to lob the ball in softly so Shay could > at least be able to make contact. The > first pitch came and Shay swung > clumsily and missed. > > The pitcher again took a few steps > forward to toss the ball softly toward > Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay > swung at the ball and hit a slow > ground ball to the pitcher. The > pitcher picked up the soft grounder > and could easily have thrown the ball > to the first baseman. Shay would > have been out and that would have > ended the game. > > Instead, the pitcher took the ball and > threw it on a high arc to right field, > far beyond reach of the first > baseman. Everyone started yelling, > "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" > Never in his life had Shay ever made > it to first base. He scampered down > the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. > Everyone yelled "Run to second, run > to second!" By the time Shay was > rounding first base, the right fielder > had the ball. He could have thrown > the ball to the second baseman for a > tag. But the right fielder understood > what the pitcher's intentions had > been, so he threw the ball high and > far over the third baseman's head. > Shay ran towards second base as the > runners ahead of him deliriously > circled the bases towards home. > > As Shay reached second base, the > opposing shortstop ran to him, > turned him in the direction of third > base, and shouted, "Run to third!" As > Shay rounded third, the boys from > both teams were screaming, "Shay! > Run home!" Shay ran home, stepped > on home plate and was cheered as > the hero, for hitting a "grand slam" > and winning the game for his team. > > "That day," said the father softly with > tears now rolling down his face, "the > boys from both teams helped bring a > piece of the Divine Plan into this > world." > > And now, a footnote to the story. We > all send thousands of jokes through > e-mail without a second thought, but > when it comes to sending messages > regarding life choices, people think > twice about sharing. The crude, > vulgar, and sometimes the obscene > pass freely through cyberspace, but > public discussion of decency is too > often suppressed in school and the > workplace. > > If you are thinking about forwarding > this message, you are probably > thinking about which people on your > address list aren't the "appropriate" > ones to receive this type of message. > > The person who sent this to you > believes that we can all make a > difference. We all have thousands of > opportunities a day to help realize > your God's plan. So many seemingly > trivial interactions between two > people present us with a choice: Do > we pass along a spark of the Divine? > Or do we pass up that opportunity, > and leave the world a bit colder in the > process?
Live and Love, ~Fire Spirit > > Thank you for thinking about it.
FIRE IS ALIVE! IT LIVES AND BREATHS! IT CONSUMES, AND DISTROYS! BUT WE CONTROL IT, AND DANCE WITH FIRE!!