Two friends were walking through the desert.
At some point during their journey, they had an argument. One friend slapped the other one in the face.
The one who was slapped was hurt, but without saying a word, wrote in the sand, TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.
The two friends kept on walking, until they came upon an oasis, where they decided to rest and take a bath.
The friend who had been slapped encountered difficulty in the water, becoming trapped in the muck and mire, and started drowning. His friend managed to save him.
After he recovered from the near drowning, the one friend wrote on a stone: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.
The friend who had slapped him and then saved his life asked his friend, "After I slapped you, you wrote in the sand. Now, after I saved you, you wrote on a stone. Why?"
The friend who had been slapped and then saved replied, "When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."
May we learn to write our hurts in the sand, and to carve our benefits in stone.