A woman was waiting at an airport one night, With several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shop, Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.
She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be, Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.
So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye!”
With each cookie she took, he took one too, When only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, He took the last cookie and broke it in half.
He offered her half, as he ate the other. She snatched it from him and thought…oooh, brother! This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude, Why, he didn’t even show any gratitude.
She had never known when she had been so galled, And sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.
She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, Then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, There was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.
If mine are here, she moaned with despair, The others were his, and he tried to share! Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief! (Author Unknown)
How many times in our lives, have we absolutely known that something was a certain way, only to discover later that what we believed to be true…was not? “To err is human; to forgive divine,” said Alexander Pope. St. Theresa of Avila said, “God has been very gracious to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.” “Life is too short to be little,” said Benjamin Disraeli. “In this life, if you have anything to pardon, pardon quickly,” said Sir Arthur W. Pinero, “Slow forgiveness is little better than no forgiveness.”
“There are many fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is surely ours is the present; hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the faults of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others. Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least one worthy thing which you have long postponed, and to use your God-given abilities for the enrichment of some less fortunate fellow traveler. Today you can make your life…significant and worthwhile. The present is yours to do with it as you will” (Grenville Kleiser).
It is written, “I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men” (D&C 64:10).
So, if you find that you have eaten somebody else’s cookies at the airport, seek forgiveness before it’s too late!