The other day when I was with Matt at the hospital, the nurse commented how sorry she was that Matt was having such a serious medical issue. He just replied, “Life is beautiful.” She agreed, but instead of sitting there in awkward silence, Matt instead launched into a parable:
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. It was terrified, and feared it would freeze to death. While it was lying there, a large bull came by and stood over it. Now, the bird shivered in cold AND terror. Suddenly, the bull dropped a huge load of dung on the poor little bird. The bird could not believe its terrible luck, and struggled against the oozing mass of waste. Momentarily, though, the bird began to realize how warm the crap was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He was going to live! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. The cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung and promptly dug him out… and ate him.
Matt Cameron’s life lesson
1) Not everything in life that craps on you is your enemy.
2) Not everything in life that gets you out of crap is your friend.
Needless to say, the nurse and I both laughed pretty hard!