About ten years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh wastraveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit too fast inhis sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE, which was only two months old.
He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and sloweddown when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no child dartedout, but a brick sailed out and - WHUMP! -- it smashed into the Jag's shinyblack side door! SCREECH...!!!!
Brakes slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly spun the Jaguarback to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. Josh jumped out ofthe car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car. He shoutedat the kid, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck areyou doing?!"
Building up a head of steam, he went on. "That's my new Jag, that brick youthrew is gonna cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw it?"
"Please, mister, please ... I'm sorry! I didn't know what else to do!"pleaded the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop!"
Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car.
"It's my brother, mister," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out ofhis wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Sobbing, the boy asked theexecutive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He'shurt and he's too heavy for me."
Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow therapidly swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man backinto the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes andcuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He then watchedthe younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder JaguarXKE - a long and slow walk. Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar.He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someonehas to throw a brick at him to get his attention.....
Watch out for the bricks that come into your life. Some will be softer thanothers. Some will make a dent.