This is a wonderful true story that I would really like to share with
you because it lifted my spirits and I hope it does the same for you.
There was once a sophomore from Columbia University called Sandy
Greenberg who had an eye disease called glaucoma. Unfortunately it
wasn't detected early enough to prevent him from becoming legally
blind, so the really sad thing was that this young man lost his ability
to see after being able to see everything until that tender age.
This was not a simple situation in reality. Because in a school like
Columbia, it would be really difficult if you were in a batch with
several other competitive kids. But Sandy had a roommate who read the
textbooks to him out loud every night and as a result, Sandy passed and
graduated with honors. He even qualified for a scholarship to continue
at Oxford. Now Sandy was poor, but because of his thrifty ways, he
saved about five hundred dollars at that point.
One day he received a call from his former roommate who groused about
his unhappiness being in graduate school. He said it wasn't what he
really wanted to do. Sandy was curious and asked him what it was was he
"Sandy I really love to sing! I have a high school friend who plays the
guitar. And we would really like to try our hand in the music
But they didn't have enough money to make a promo record which would
cost about five hundred dollars. So Sandy thought about it and took out
his entire life savings and lent the money to that ex roommate because
Sandy felt his roommate had "made my life" so he wanted to "make his
Later, the five hundred dollars helped them cut a record which became known as " The Sounds of Silence".
Sandy's roommate was a fellow called Art Garfunkel. His friend was Paul Simon.
Years later it was Art Garfunkel who sang while Sandy walked his daughter down the aisle when she got married.
Sometimes it's incredible how certain people are willing to give that
extra inch, go that extra mile just to help. I think there are so many
positive aspects of being a blessing to others. It's not an issue with
just money, but the meaning and support behind that helping hand. I
remember those people who went out of the way to help me, who retrieved
me from my embarrassed and timid disposition for that extra pat on the
back. Yes, it's a wonderful feeling to feel blessed and thank God for
giving me the ability to bless somebody back from time to time. :)
Even if you feel down or are facing something tough in your life, say
something good to yourself. You have to be your own friend and later
you can help somebody who needs it.
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