PERFUME FOR MY WIFE

On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be. Unable to decide, Nathan entered Dillard’s and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, “How about some perfume?”  She showed him a bottle costing $150.00

“Too expensive,” muttered Nathan.

The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $75.00.

“Oh dear,” Nathan groused, “still far too much.”

Growing rather annoyed at Nathan’s meanness, the sales girl brought out a tiny $30.00 bottle and offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated, “What I mean”, he whined, “is I’d like to see something really cheap.”

So the sales girl handed him a mirror.

Source | unknown

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A slightly different version

At the end of a long business trip, a man was searching for a gift to take home to his wife. “How about some perfume?” he asked the clerk. She showed him a bottle for 50.

“That’s too much,” he replied. So the clerk showed him a smaller bottle for 30.“That’s still quite a bit,” he complained.

Rolling her eyes, the clerk brought out a tiny bottle for 15. Again he shook his head. “What I mean is I’d like to see something real cheap.” With that the clerk handed him a mirror!

Source | Dennis R. Clark, Sunday Morning (1996).

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Does your mirror reflect scarcity or abundance?

CATCHING THE FRAGRANCE

A man once said to a lump of clay,
“What art thou?”


The reply was, “I am a lump of clay, 
but I was placed beside a rose
 and caught its fragrance.”


Source |in Vigen Guroian, The Fragrance of God

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Remembering our clay beginnings, let us ask today:

  • What are the scents and fragrances in our environments that we are consciously and intentionally exposing ourselves to?
  • Are we catching the fragrance of the life-giving and enhancing scents that surround us?
  • What are we doing to steer away as best as we can from the stinks and stenches that are polluting our surroundings and have the potential of polluting us?
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