I don't recall the title of the story, but O'Henry wrote one about
a girl that was very sick and she'd watch the bush outside her window. She told her sister that when the last leaf finally blew of the bush, she knew that she was going to die. It was wintertime and of course, leaves fall, leaving bushes and trees barren until the spring. Everyday, the girl watched the leaves disappearing from the bush until there was only one. She was in dire straits. But day after day, the leaf continued to stay fast. As winter faded and spring approached, the girl, seeing the bush hanging on to it's one leaf, despite the harshest conditions, began to recover her health. Finally, the other sister found out that a "starving artist", who's work was never appreciated and wouldn't sell, had painted a realistic leaf onto the wall that the bush was planted next to. His "masterpiece" had saved the girl's life! The artist died penniless that year, but his work had proved far more valuable than any art collector could've ever known!
I just love O'Henry's stories! to be such a perceptive, thoughtful person (or at least, it would seem so to me to be able to write such amazing stories!), he was an alcoholic. Maybe he was a depressed and/or anxious soul, drowning his feelings the only way he knew how. It wouldn't be suprising, would it?
"if there's someone you know and loving them so, but taking them all for granted, you may lose them one day, someone takes them away and they don't hear the words you long to say...I would give evrything I own just to touch you once again...just to hold you once again."
From the song "Everything I Own" by David Gates (Bread)
He wrote this for his father, after he passed away. Don't hold a grudge. It takes up so much room, it crowds out the love...
If you want to keep things in perspective when the little things are getting you upset, say what I say: "And the starving children in Africa thought THEY had a problem!" Suddenly, the fact that you forgot to get an item at the store or dropped a glass of juice doesn't seem all that big a deal anymore.