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Blind Boy Holds Up Sign, Stranger Writes New Message

An inspiring story about a blind boy asking for money on the street is going viral for a good reason.

A story posted on Shareably has been spreading on social media because its message has resonated with many. The story encourages people to appreciate what they have in life and to not take the little things for granted.

The story reads:

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were doing. The boy recognized his voice and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning?” and continued, “What did you write?’

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.”

What he had written was: “Today is a beautiful day and I cannot see it.”

Do you think the first sign and the second sign were saying the same thing? Of course both signs told people the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.

Readers were inspired by the touching story and expressed their thoughts on the Shareably Facebook page.

"It cost so very little to help someone in need and it makes them and you a better person for doing so. Treat everyone you meet as if they were Christ because you'll never know when he comes back. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you," one reader commented.

"There is a great moral to this story but it also relates to other aspects of life....it's not what you say but how you say it," another user wrote.