There once was a man
whose shovel was missing.
He looked everywhere for it,
but it was not to be found.
Someone stole it, he thought..
He suspected the boy next door.
Afer all, he looked like a thief.
He talked like a thief.
He even walked like a thief.
Several weeks went by
and the man’s dislike for the boy grew.
Then one day he found his shovel.
It was under a shrub
where he had laid it
while working in his garden.
The next morning he saw the boy
as he was leaving for the day.
The man talked with the boy briefly.
How strange, the man thought.
The boy looked so different.
He looked like such a nice young lad.
He talked like such a nice young lad.
He even walked like a nice young lad.
When the man returned to his garden
He noticed a note placed on his shovel.
”When you are busy judging others
you have little time to love them.”
Thereafter, every time the man used his shovel
he thought about the message in the note.
And his life changed.