Story: Same Message Different Words

Sometimes you can get a negative reaction to a request by using the wrong words. This inspiring story shows how to get a receptive response just by changing the words of the message. Think about this when you make your next request. Here we go.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.” There were only a few coins in the hat.

An attentive man was walking by and read the message. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man kindly said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.”

What he had written was: “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people the boy was blind. While the first sign simply said the boy was blind, the second sign pointed the fortunate ones to their positive possibilities.

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. Invite the people towards good with wisdom.

2 thoughts on “Story: Same Message Different Words”

  1. Hi Don:

    Yes Don, it’s amazing how a message can be completely changed just by rearranging the words. I love stories like this one.

    You recently mentioned the story “One Thousand Marbles”. That’s another story to be included in all our newspapers to remind us to live a day-to-day-high-quality life.

    Thank you for your comment.



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