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A Simple Gesture

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February 27, 2006 02:32 AM 1
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A Simple Gesture

Dear Friends,

I came across a wonderful story and thought of sharing with you..

A SIMPLE GESTURE | by Jackie Sagner

A little boy selling magazines for school walked up to a house that
people rarely visited. The house was very old and run down and the
owner hardly ever came out. When he did come out he would not say
hello to neighbors or passers by but simply just glare at them.

The boy knocked on the door and waited, sweating from fear of the old
man. The boy's parents told him to stay away from the house, a lot of
the other neighborhood children were told the same from their

As he was ready to walk away, the door slowly opened. " What do you
want?" the old man said. The little boy was very afraid but he had a
quota to meet for school with selling the magazines.

"Uh, sir, I uh am selling these magazines and uh I was wondering if
you would like to buy one." The old man just stared at the boy. The
boy could see inside the old man's house and saw that he had dog
figurines on the fireplace mantle. "Do you collect dogs?" the little
boy asked. "Yes, I have many collectibles in my house, they are my
family here, they are all I have." The boy then felt sorry for the
man, as it seemed that he was a very lonely soul. "Well, I do have a
magazine here for collectors, it is perfect for you, I also have one
about dogs since you like dogs so much." The old man was ready to
close the door on the boy and said, "No boy, I don't need any
magazines of any kind, now goodbye."

The little boy was sad that he was not going to make his quota with
the sale. He was also sad for the old man being so alone in the big
house that he owned. The boy went home and then had an idea. He had a
little dog figure that he got some years ago from an aunt. The
figurine did not mean nearly as much to him since he had a real live
dog and a large family. The boy headed back down to the old man's
house with the figurine. He knocked on the door again and this time
the old man came right to the door. "Boy, I thought I told you no

"No, sir I know that, I wanted to bring you a gift." The boy handed
him the figurine and the old man's face lit up. "It is a Golden
Retriever, I have one at home, this one is for you." The old man was
simply stunned; no one had ever given him such a gift and shown him
so much kindness. "Boy, you have a big heart, why are you doing
this?" The boy smiled at the man and said, "Because you like dogs."

From that day on the old man started coming out of the house and
acknowledging people. He and the boy became friends; the boy even
brought his dog to see the man weekly.

""This simple gesture changed both of their lives forever""

I hope to receive a gesture of my members atleast by replying sumthing to this post


Saumil Joshi, Founder

February 27, 2006 03:452
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Re: A Simple Gesture

Hi Saumil,

A very heart touching story…Saumil

Yes, People need to come out of their own world and need to sociable with others and help them.

Then only they can have the real and true happiness.

Keep sharing beautiful article like this..

Best wishes,
Barkha Jain

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Re: A Simple Gesture



Hi Saumil,

WE need to learn a lot from the young kids today as they are more confident and also have a very soft side  WE are so busy with our lifestyle that we would not have bothered to visit the old man again.

Thank you for such a lovely piece. 



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Re: A Simple Gesture

Dear Surbhi, Barkha & Members,

The economy is pacing extremely fast towards globalisation wherein people have forget to stop and look back but infact the society has been teaching us to look forth towards the new day, towards the new opportunities to amassing more wealth, fame, status quo and wat not. We have almost forgotten our world, our feelings, our emotions, our sentiments, our love, likeness and sense of belonging for each other.

Just how nice the world shall be to live, if everyone is concerned about this smallest concern which has been burried since long within the soul of humanity.

It is the feelings and emotions your soul transmits to you that will lead you towards your true identity and the happiest life possible, and living a happy life is what we all dream about, isn't it?  - Excerpt from 'Acknowledging Emotions and Feelings' by John Sherman

Let us be the child to knock the doors of people living in solitude, lets help them, they are our people and the earth can get better only when we join hands - coz therz always two hands involved for a loud clap !!

More views from the members ; )


Saumil Joshi, Founder

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Re: A Simple Gesture

A good story indeed Saumil.

A child is the best teacher we can have.

As they say the happiness lies in giving love and care The more you give the more you get and the more you get the happy you are. It is so simple.


Pls keep on posting such stories.

best regards

Avinash Tyagi

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