Rosemead Kiwanis Club

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The Fax of Life

A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley

April 6, 1997                                                                       Vol. 2,   No. 22


 The Secret of Life


                As the Lord God was creating the world

                He called upon his archangels.

                He wanted their opinion on where they thought

                     He should place the "Secret of Life".

               God knew that it must be in a special, "secret" place

                     as the "Secret of life" is a very VERY important trait

                     and not just anyone should know it.


                The counsel came in a torrent, but it was not uniform.

                      "Bury it in the ground," one angel replied.

                      "Put it on the bottom of the sea" said another.

                      "Hide it in the mountains," another suggested.


                The Lord replied, "If I see to do any of those only a few

                      will be able to find the Secret of Life. The Secret of

                      Life must be accessible to EVERYONE!"


                One angel replied, "I know: put it in each man's heart.

                      Only a few may look, but all can find it there."

                "Yes!" said the Lord. "within each man's heart is where

                      it will hide, and some, a few, will find it ."


                And so it was -- the "Secret of Life," was hidden in man's heart.

                      A few, some, seem to have always known they have had the

                     "Secret to Life"

                      For them it was just a matter of knowing it was there, then seeking

                      those venues where they might best share.

                      Others have had to discover the "Secret of Life" by trial and error.

                      For them life has been a rewarding journey filled with lessons

                      and experiences to share.

                      While others, unbelieving and lacking vision, have never bothered

                      to truly search; for them mortal life has been the end of hope.


                Regardless, the "Secret of Life" lies within all of us.


                                                                             --- Author Unknown 


[Editor's Note: several versions of this story abound - most notably in A Third Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Secret of Life by Aaron Stephens. The version presented here differs greatly from the one originally distributed and represents an amalgam of several versions.]


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