What is the purpose of struggles and difficulties we all go through?
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 A woman at the airport waiting to catch her flight bought herself a bag of

 cookies, settled in a chair in the airport lounge and began to read her book.

Suddenly she noticed the man beside her helping himself with cookies from

the cookie bag between them. Not wanting to make a scene, she read on, ate

cookies, and watched the clock. As the daring “cookie thief” kept on eating

the cookies she got more irritated and said to herself, “If I wasn’t so nice, I’d

blacken his eye!” With each cookie she took, he took one too. When only one

was left, she wondered what he would do. Then with a smile on his face and

a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half. He offered her

half, and he ate the other. She snatched it from him and thought, “Oh brother,

this guy has some nerve, and he’s also so rude, why, he didn’t even show any

gratitude!” She sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her

belongings and headed for the gate, refusing to look at the ungrateful “thief.”

She boarded the plane and sank in her seat, then reached in her baggage to

fetch her book, and what she saw made her gasp with surprise. For there in

 front of her eyes was her bag of cookies. Then it dawned on her that the

cookies she ate in the lounge was the man’s and not hers, that the man was

 not a thief but a friend who tried to share, that she was the rude one, the

ungrateful one, the thief.

The cookie thief story reminds us, that it often happens that the one pointing the accusing finger turns out to be the guilty one, that the complainant sometimes turns out to be the offending party. In the cookie story, the woman believed she was such a wonderful person to put up with the rudeness and ingratitude of the man sitting beside her. In the end she discovered that she was the rude and ungrateful one and the man was wonderfully friendly? Well, because it is easier to hear the other person than it is to hear yourself snoring.


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