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Two Friends Were Walking through the Desert

Afouda Bamidele
May 27, 2021
08:30 P.M.

Two friends were walking through the desert when they encountered several challenges and disputes. However, they managed to learn a poignant lesson that would change their lives.


After getting stranded, two friends, Paul and John, were walking through the desert, hoping to get help on the way. They were walking for about an hour before an argument broke out between them.

Source: Amomama

Source: Amomama

John accused Paul of convincing him to embark on the journey, but Paul insisted that he didn’t force him. Amid the argument, things got heated, and John angrily slapped Paul.

A photo of a desert. | Photo: Shutterstock

A photo of a desert. | Photo: Shutterstock


John was disappointed but didn’t even utter a word. He walked off and bent down to write in the sand, “TODAY, MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.” He stared at Paul, and the journey continued.

The pals walked for another long-distance and were getting low on strength when they spotted an oasis. They jumped for joy and offered some prayers before heading to the oasis to drink some water.

Afterward, they decided to enjoy a bath before continuing their journey. During the soak, Fred began drowning. He was stuck and sinking while calling on Paul to help him.

Paul immediately ran to his aid and pulled him out of the oasis. Once Fred recovered from the near-drowning experience, he walked off again and found a stone slab on which he wrote, “TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.”


The guys continued their journey, and after walking for some minutes, Paul asked his friend why he decided to write in the sand after he was slapped and then chose to write on the stone after being saved. Fred smiled and said:

“When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away.”

However, whenever something good is done to us, we should try to engrave it in stone where no one can erase it. Fred shared that he has kept this lesson with him, and it has helped him with his relationships.

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