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This story came out of a collection I have and I’m uncertain of the dates of it or the people involved.
I share it in hopes we each can think of what we might have done here – how we would have felt in either place.
Patrick Sullivan, an Irish-American artist from Boston, moved to the village of Asolo in the Venetian Alps, where he greatly distinguished himself for his tremendous generosity.
As a result, he was knighted by the king of Italy. Then Sullivan found himself in trouble.
Sullivan and his friend Count Giuseppe Samartini, were driving along a county road when their car struck a boy and fatally wounded him.
The count was at the wheel. At the time Countess Samartini was seriously ill, and Sullivan, fearful that the news of the counts predicament might endanger her life, took the blame upon himself. A trial date was set.
Before the trail, the countess recovered, and Samartini went to the rescue of his friend.
Count Samartini claimed responsibility for the accident. His action resulted in two indictments – the count for the accident and Sullivan for willful misrepresentation.
The judge rendered his decision. The count was acquitted because the accident was unavoidable. He also set Sullivan free, declaring that his legal offenses was more than compensated by his magnanimous and self-sacrificing display of friendship.
Would you have done this for a friend whose wife was so ill? Would you allow a friend to do this for you?
Of course these questions help us to think about things – none of us can know what we would do in any situation, we can only surmise and wish that our best selves show up when needed.
To challenge us further this day – have you told your good friends you care about them? Can you today?
Maybe you can share the Friday Funny with someone – laughter is so much richer when shared with a friend!
Four Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee.
The first Catholic man tells his friends, “My son is a priest, when he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Father’.”
The second Catholic man chirps, “My son is a Bishop. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Grace’.”
The third Catholic gent says, “My son is a Cardinal.. When he enters a room everyone says ‘Your Eminence’.”
The fourth Catholic man then says, “My son is the Pope. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Holiness’.”
Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in silence, the four men give her a subtle, “Well….?”
She proudly replies, “I have a daughter, slim, tall, 38D chest, 24″ waist and 34″ hips. When she walks into a room, people say, “Oh My God.”
You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!
Go make it a Magnificent Day!