Apple Valley Ohio Lake Community by Sam Miller


A Little Thanksgiving Chicken Soup For The Soul

Thanksgiving is upon us once again and this year I wanted to do something a little different.  You may have heard of a book called "Chicken Soup For The Soul" and I wanted to share a few stories that are featured in this book.  I hope these stories touch your heart the way they have touched mine. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sam Miller

One At A Time.  A friend of ours was walking down a deserted  Mexican beach at sunset.  As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance.  As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water.  Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean.

As our friend approached ever closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.

Our friend was puzzled.  He approached the man and said "Good evening, frined.  I was wondering what you are doing."  "I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean.  You see, it's low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up on the shore.  If I don't throw them back into the sea, they will die up here from lack of oxygen.

"I understand," my friend replied, "but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach.  You can't possibly get to all of them.  There are simply too many.  And don't you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beachs all up and down this coast.  Can't you see that you can't possible make a difference?"

The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, "Made a difference to that one!"

By Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen

Puppies For Sale.  A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read "Puppies For Sale."  Signs like that has a way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner's sign.  "How much are you going to sell the puppies for?" he asked.  The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50."

The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change.  "I have $2.37, " he said.  "Can I please look at them?"  The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur.  One puppy was lagging considerably behind.  Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, "What's wrong with that little dog?"

The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn't have a hip socket.  It would always limp.  It would always be lame. 

The little boy became excited.  "That is the puppy that I want to buy."  The store owner said, "No, you don't want to buy that little dog.  If you really want him, I'll just give him to you."  The little boy got quite upset.  He looked straight into the store owner's eyes, pointing his finger, and said, "I don't want you to give him to me.  That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I'll pay full price.  In fact, I'll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for."

The store owner countered, "You really don't want to buy this little dog.  He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies."  To this, the litle boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace.  He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, "Well, I don't run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands.

By Dan Clark

Comment balloon 10 commentsSam Miller • November 22 2007 10:46AM


May God richly bless you and your family on this Thanksgiving day. 


God Bless,


Chris Pollinger

Posted by Chris Pollinger, Consulting for Luxury Teams and Brokerages (Berman & Pollinger, LLC.) about 13 years ago

Hi Dan,

Thank you for taking the time on Thanksgiving to share those great stories with us--they both have very good messages for us to remember.

I have thought of including a "Chicken Soup For the Soul" message with my handouts to my farm.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Posted by Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional about 13 years ago
Leslie - I did a similar mailing with these two stories to my past and current clients and the response has been overwhelming.  When you can touch the heart of your clients they remember you forever.  A very touching story is on page 61 titled Bopsy.  I did not include it because it could bring back painful memories for those who lost a child but the story really hit me hard in a good way.  I also love page 27 titled On Courage because the message is so sweet and giving especially for a 5 year old child.  Sam
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 13 years ago
Thanks for sharing, Sam. As I recall, Jack Canfield's first Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected many, many times before he finally published it. That's also a good story for persistence - look how many hearts and souls he's touched. 
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 13 years ago
Sharon - You are so right.  That reminds me of the story by Tony Robbins in Chicken Soup For The Soul called "No More Vans" on page 164 which was a Thanksgiving story.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 13 years ago
I loved that story the first time I read it.  Thanks for bringing it here.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) about 13 years ago
Linda - It was my pleasure sharing it and Happy Thanksgiving to you.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 13 years ago


both stories are so heart warming. Thank you for posting we have so much to be thankful for and we don't even realize it sometimes.

Posted by Todd and Danielle Millar, Nineteen years of excellence! (Glenn Simon Inc.) about 13 years ago
Todd and Danielle - I totally agree about being thankful for so many things...many of which we never even gelleive a second thought about.  Family, Friendships and Health top my list of things to be thankful for.
Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 13 years ago

Sam, I had read these stories before and enjoyed them just as much after reading them again from your post.  Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") about 13 years ago

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