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 Today is a Spring Day

“Story-listening requires a childlike wisdom that combines innocence and experience, and no one can be both innocent and experienced in the presence of every story. And so not every reader will "get" every story, at least not "right away. Story, like the spirituality that it conveys, cannot be commanded or forced; it must float loosely within its vehicle, the better to lodge in each hearer's individual spirit.” Those words began the journey of storytelling and story-listening that Ernie Kurtz and I embarked upon in “The Spirituality of Imperfection.” In that book we included many stories that took some time and thought for me to “get.” The following story, however, took my breath away the first time I heard it and the many hundreds of times I have read or recalled it since. It is truly a favorite among favorites.

A blind man was begging in a city park. Someone approached and asked him whether people were giving generously. The blind man shook a nearly empty tin.

His visitor said to him, "Let me write something on your card." The blind man agreed. That evening the visitor returned. "Well, how were things today?"

The blind man showed him a tin full of money and asked, "What on earth did you write on that card?"

"Oh," said the other, "I merely wrote 'Today is a spring day, and I am blind.'"