What if

What IF?


> The FREE GIFT of "What If"

This is dedicated to the people who attempt suicide, in an effort to
enable them to see past their present circumstances.

In a hope to help them to be saved and turn their lives around.

This is a story about a young girl who looks out over a beach, looks
out to sea, when she sees in front of her a dead girl, young, pretty, with her whole life ahead of her.
She also thinks; "What a waste"...................................

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Overlooking the waves on a beach


hearing the waves crashing on the shore,


oblivious to the person standing beside her,


she looks out over the sea


contemplating what she was about to do.

Suddenly the silence is broken,


as an Angel speaks to the young girl and says,


"Look at that poor dead soul lying on the sand".

A myriad of thoughts now flooded her head.


"Dead soul, What dead soul? Who was she? Why did she die?


Why didn't anybody save her? Who is this person near my side?


Why aren't I in fear of him?"

Slowly he answered as if he was reading her mind.


"He is an Angel and is her friend


He would be with her right until the end".


Sadly he spoke about the girl, who no longer would reside in this world.


"Why did she die?" he asked and then said


"Her troubles were immeasurable,


immeasurable only in her head.


She looked for the bad and not the good


She looked for the sorrow and was misunderstood


While others laughed she looked so glum


and never wanted to get close to anyone.


She put mildness aside and lived the anger and rage


She forgot to love just for love's sake


She wanted to receive more then she wanted to give


Then she wanted to die more than she wanted to live


We always get out of life what we focus on," he said


"We become successful at our focus that's why she now is dead.


She never realised she had so much love that she could give


joy, laughter and happiness, if only she had lived."

"Can't you help her?


Can't you save her life?


Can't you give her a second chance" she asked, pleaded, begged.

"I'm sorry but its not up to me you see."

"Why not?" she demanded in distress.

"Because her fate is in your hands."

She was astounded by his reply


"I,I" said she, "how, when, why?"

"Calm down" he said,"I will explain, and you will see


that you know this girl better then anyone, better then me."

"I never saw her before, how can this be?"

He said "Take a closer look at her face and you will see."

The lightning brightened the night sky


She stared and recoiled in fright.


The young girl she did truly know you see


because that young girl was ME.


All these questions now bombarded her head


as she remained silent. Her Angel then said.


"This my dear child is the result of your melancholy state


I'm sorry for you, because you might have been great,


You might have had powerful songs to sing,


You might have lifted up people as if with wings,


You might have helped downtrodden souls,


You might have shared love so strong to enfold

,
You might..................."


Then his words stopped in mid stream and he stared through her eyes


to the center of her very soul.

"Cant I do something to give her a chance


Can't I....?" as she gave her a another glance.

"There is but one way only this state can turn around."

"What is it?" she pleaded as her tears they fell down.

"This gift of life depends on two things


Your focus and the proper use of two words."

"Just what are these two words, what are the words?" she cried.

"Slow down and listen inside


The gift I give are the two words WHAT IF."

"WHAT IF! How can that be a gift, how can that save that poor girls life, to make her live and be alive?"

"What have you been focusing on all your life up till now?


Tell me please and I'll show you how?"

But silence filled the air


ashamed, all she could do is stare.

"Could it be you looked for the bad


Could it be you looked for the sad


Could it be you also waited for love


Could it be you waited for help from above


Could it be you sorrowed in vain


Could it be you wanted more then you gave


Could it be instead of mildness you gave back angered rage


Could it be instead of passion......?"

"I'm sorry," she yelled as the tears flooded from her eyes and fell down


"How can I change it for it's all that I know,


These states have been my constant companions since I was small."



The Angel replied;

"Listen to me with your heart not your head


Silently ask WHAT IF..... in your bed.


But one proviso I place on your thoughts today


GOD said search for what is good, not the bad.


So apply this while you think of WHAT IF......"

So slowly I started like a little flame


It got bigger and brighter till a burning fire it became.

"What if I searched for what is good in everyone and everything instead
of the bad


What if I focused on the happy and not the sad


What if I gave people a hand up instead of a hand out


What if I gave compliments instead of doubt


What if I praised people for the good they could do


What if I became better instead of bitter too


What if I used mildness instead of anger and rage


What if instead of I can't, I say I can


What if I laugh with people instead of laughing at them


What if I love without expecting love in return


What if I give more then I receive


What if....,What if.....,What if......?"

The poor girl to my surprise opened her eyes and said


"Thank you for what if"

I turned to my angel as he walked away


He smiled and said "What will you do with your gift from today?"

"I'll share it generously with all I meet


Because these two words create a monumental feat


So to my angel my heartfelt thanks do belong


And the gift WHAT IF I promise to live and to pass on.


So my friend I too give you now a great gift


I give you the wonderful words


WHAT IF



by
Joseph Ripolles


Joseph Ripolles
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