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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A wonderful story!


Today I don't have a picture for you.  What I'm currently working on isn't in a state where it can be photographed.  So....instead I am sharing a wonderful thing I read about this morning.  Sometimes things just touch your heart and this was one of those times.  We've all heard of 'paying it forward' but this is an unique twist...
Two cups of coffee, one here, one on the wall.’
I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighbouring town of Venice (Italy), the city of lights and water.
As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat at an empty table beside us.
He called the waiter and placed his order saying, ‘Two cups of coffee, one here, one on the wall.’
We heard this strange order with interest and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two.
As soon as he left, the waiter pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying ‘A Cup of Coffee’.
While we were still there, two other men entered and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall.
They had the two cups of coffee but paid for three and left.
This time also, the waiter did the same; he pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying, ‘A Cup of Coffee’.
It was something unique and perplexing for us.
We finished our coffee, paid the bill and left.
After a few days, we had a chance to go to this coffee shop again.
While we were enjoying our coffee, a poorly dressed man entered.
As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, 'One cup of coffee from the wall'.
The waiter served coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity.
The man had his coffee and left without paying.
We were amazed to watch all this, as the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the dust bin.
Now it was no surprise for us – the matter was very clear.
The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town made our eyes well up in tears.
Ponder upon the need of what this man wanted... He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem… he has no need to ask for a free cup of coffee… without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee to him.
He only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left.
Probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see will be our wall of good deeds on the Day of Judgement.
This is what is Charity when you give from one hand and other hand does not know about it.
May the Almighty help us all to spend for the poor and the needy.
Shared by 'Rafiki' 
Now for your dose of mumblings for the day...

- HERE's a wonderful step-by-step tutorial for making your own fabric labels for use in your projects.

- For those of you who like to make your own tools, how about THIS bias tape maker?  I would NEVER have thought of this!!

- If you have a Star Wars fan in your life (or if you're one yourself!) how about THIS really sweet calendar download?

- THESE are rather cute slippers - and with the addition of a non-slip sole, they'd be perfect I think.

- There's a really pretty shrug pattern HERE  and a hat pattern (multi-sized) HERE.  And you might want to check out the pretty (and most practical!) shawl pattern HERE.  I have an issue with shawls because I can never get them to stay on and it's a constant battle to keep adjusting (or even losing!) them.  That pattern is just the ticket to solve all those issues, plus which it looks cool!

- For the sewers among you, perhaps you might like to have a go at THIS cowl?  Or if you have a little one that will be starting pre-school, perhaps a nap mat might be something they would love to have?

Today your quote is from Neil Gaiman..."I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes; because if you are making mistakes, then you are trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world"





12 comments:

Dolores said...

Happy New Year and thanks for the links. That shawl is quite unique. No need for pins of any kind.

Createology said...

Such a heartwarming story and refined way of honoring those less fortunate. You always share the best links and with lots of variety. Great quote and one I should practice. Wonderful 2017 to you dear...XO

Deepa said...

Happy new year, MA!! I just visited the fabric label link and remembered that you had been planning to label some bottles (vanilla + rum??) sometime back. Did you do that?

Catherine p said...

Beautiful story.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Happy New Year MA!! Thank you for the wonderful story. It's always good to pay it forward. I have always loved the pattern for the Purl Soho hat you posted and the shawl is really interesting. I hope to be around blogging and reading a little more this year - my word for the year is COMMIT!!!!

KimM said...

Your story touched my heart. Thank you for sharing.
xxx

Janie said...

Thanks for the good words and tips, always encouraging here, Mary Ann.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Hi, Mary Ann. Thanks for sharing the story and the many useful links (as always)!

Baa. xxx said...

Love the coffee story!

Cathy said...

I love this story and think it would be a wonderful thing to get started in Salt Lake City, where there is homelessness, coffee shops and lots of caring people. Thanks for posting it, dear one!

liniecat said...

What a natty bias tape idea!

FlashinScissors said...

Happy New Year, Mary Ann!

Very touching story about the "coffee on the wall"!

Thank you for the links too!

Hugs, Barbara xx