Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Just sayin'



 My husband sent this story to me in an email.  The meaning of the story is something that I have always tried to do each day and so I wanted to share it with you.  As I have always said, "life is short, so eat your dessert first".  Enjoy your week and remember to stop and smell the roses along the way.


Lisa Beamer on Good  Morning America - If you remember, she's the wife of Todd  Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!' and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back  on 9/11. She said it's the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the  garage door open as he came home, and her children  running to meet him.  
 
Lisa recalled this  story:  
 
"I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died  suddenly of a heart attack.  About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom  of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom   windows and the class was  nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her  desk and sat down there.  
 
With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, 'Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel  is very important. Each of  us is put here on earth to learn,  share, love, appreciate  and give of ourselves. None of   us knows when this  fantastic experience will end.  It can be taken away at  any moment.  
 
Perhaps this is  the God’s way of telling us that we  must make the most out of  every single day. Her eyes,   beginning to water, she  went on, 'So I would like you all  to make me a promise. From  now on, on your way to school,  or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.  
 
It doesn't have to  be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly  baked bread wafting out of   someone's house, or it  could be the sound of the   breeze slightly rustling  the leaves in the trees, or the   way the morning light  catches one autumn leaf as it  falls gently to the  ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For,  although it may sound trite to some, these things are the  "stuff" of life.  The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy.   The things we often take  for granted.  
 
The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our   books and filed out of the  room silently. That afternoon,  I noticed more things on  my way home from school than  I had that whole semester.  Every once in a while, I think   of that teacher and  remember what an impression she  made on all of us, and I  try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we  all overlook.  
 
Take notice of  something special you see on your lunch   hour today. Go barefoot.  Or walk on the beach at sunset.   Stop off on the way home  tonight to get a double dip ice   cream cone. For as we get  older, it is not the things we did that we often regret,  but the things we didn't do.
 

2 comments:

  1. This is something EVERYONE should read.
    Now, that is a great teacher.

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  2. So glad you're back--and what an inspiring message. The older I get the more I realize how much of my life has been spent not paying attention to the things that matter. Living in the moment is something my kids have really taught me to do better. I'll keep working on it!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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