When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

Why Wait?

Encouraging you to not wait to enjoy love in your life on Near a River.

Why wait so long to enjoy the most important part of your life?

My Grandma taught me that loving others is the most important thing a person can do. She impressed upon me that you never know how much time you have to love others and therefore you should love others every chance you get.  Her message did not fall on deaf ears.  I live every day of my life to love others as God wants me to love others.

Here is a story that illustrates my Grandma’s teaching about love.

Once upon a time all feelings and emotions went to a coastal island for a vacation.  According to their nature, each was having a good time. Suddenly, a warning of an impending storm was announced and everyone had to leave the island.

The announcement caused sudden panic.  All rushed to boats to evacuate the island.

But Love did not wish to leave so quickly.  Love had too much to do.  However, the clouds darkened and Love realized it was time to leave.  By that time, though, there were no boats to take Love off the island.

Love looked around with hope.  Just then Prosperity passed by in a luxury boat.  Love shouted, “Prosperity, could you please take me in your boat?”

Prosperity replied, “No, my boat is full of precious possessions, gold and silver.  There is no place for you in my boat.”

A little later Vanity came by in a beautiful boat. Again, love shouted, “Could you help me, Vanity?  I am stranded and need a lift.  Please take me with you!”

Vanity responded haughtily, “No, I cannot take you with me.  My boat will get soiled with your muddy feet!”

Then sorrow passed by in his boat.  Again, Love asked for help to no avail.  “No, I cannot take you with me.  I am so sad.  I want to be by myself.”

When Happiness passed by a few minutes later, Love again called for help.  But Happiness was so happy that it did not look around.

Love was growing restless and worried and feeling dejected.  Just then someone called out, “Come, Love, I will take you with me”.  Love did not know who was being so kind but eagerly jumped on the boat, relieved that she would reach safety before the storm hit.

As she got off the boat, Love met knowledge.  Curious, Love inquired, “Knowledge, do you know who so kindly gave me a lift just when no one else would help me?”

Smiling, Knowledge replied, “Oh, that was Time.”

“Why would Time stop to pick me up and take me to safety?” Love wondered.

With deep wisdom, Knowledge smiled and replied, “Because only Time knows your true greatness and what you are capable of.  Only Love can bring peace and happiness in this world.”


When we are prosperous, we overlook love.  When we feel important, we forget love.  Even in happiness and sorrow, we forget love.  Only with time do we realize the importance of love.

Why wait so long to enjoy love?  Why not make love a part of your life every day? Love can change your world! Love others and be loved back!

May you soar like an eagle over life’s storms and love others every day of your life. Do not wait.

You might also enjoy the encouraging words in these Near a River posts:

Need a hug?

Keep your promises!

Be an angel every chance you can!

Do not let “The Small Things” ruin your life!

If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!

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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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