With a h/t to a dear friend, Aubrey Tadman, a TV comedy writer/producer who's years of making us laugh, opening our eyes, and making us think continues daily. Here's something he sent me:
Blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.
One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked what he owed and the barber replied, 'Nothing. It's on me. I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was surprised and pleased as he left the shop.
The next morning, the barber went to open his shop and there was a 'thank you' note and a dozen roses waiting for him at the door.
Later a print shop operator came in for a haircut and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber told the printer, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The man was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' note and a box of crisp, freshly printed business cards waiting for him.
Then a member of Congress dropped by for a haircut and when he went to pay his bill, the barber once again replied, 'Congressman, I cannot accept money from you. 'I'm doing community service this week.' The surprised representative was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were twenty members of Congress standing in line, waiting for a free haircut.
That, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between citizens and politicians. Think about that and the effect lobbyists have on Washington the next time you vote. Check out the "friends with
benefits I mean money," that your elected officials keep. Then match that with their voting records. See who's representing your best interests and who's representing their own.