"This is Good!"

"What is good?" The story is told of a king who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking very specifically: "This is good!"

This Is Good

One day the king and his friend were on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. In preparing one of the guns, the friend had apparently done something wrong, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off.

Examining the situation the friend remarked as usual, "This is good!"

To which the king replied, "No, this is NOT good!" and proceeded to send his friend to jail.

king and royal hunting entourage

About a year later, the king was hunting in a dangerous area. Cannibals captured him and took him to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to it.

As they approached to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone that was less than whole. So after untying the king, they sent him on his way.

As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend.  He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend.

You were right," he said, "it was good that my thumb was blown off."  And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened.

"And so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long.  It was bad for me to do this."

"No," his friend replied, "This is good!"

"What do you mean, 'This is good'? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?"

"If I had NOT been in jail, I would have been with you."

Hidden Bread Message

There was a time when grocery store bread wrappers held a secret message. Seems that different colored twist times or plastic closing clips held a hidden meaning for those in the know. Is it your habit to squeeze the bread, looking for the freshest loaf?

Did you know that bread was delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? (Before the age of long-lasting preservatives.) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And each day had a different color twist tie or plastic tab.

farm fresh bread

  • Monday deliveries were blue
  • Tuesday deliveries were green
  • Wednesday - no deliveries
  • Thursday deliveries were red
  • Friday deliveries were white
  • Saturday deliveries were yellow
  • Sunday - no deliveries

And to keep it organized, the colors were arranged alphabetically Monday thru Saturday. Blue. Green. Red. White. Yellow. What a simple system!

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