Worth Sharing

Something worth reading and sharing.  

1.
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m
   
working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in   
her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”

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2.
Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70s-
   
what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said,
“Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”

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3.  
Today, after my 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me
   
at the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she realized I   
didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most   
sincere smile and said , “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

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4. 
Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side
   
of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

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5. 
Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so
   
I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat   tire.  When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in   a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.

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6. 
Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my
   
mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died.  She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

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7.
Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small
   
hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first   
time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

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8.
Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start
   recycling.
I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me
   save the planet.”  I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save   the planet?” Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

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9.
Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing
  hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that   I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

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10.
Today, a boy in a wheelchair  saw me desperately struggling on crutches
   
with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me.
He
   helped me all the  way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”

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11.  
Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back  
malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, “Thinking of you today. If you need me, I’m a phone call away.” It was from a high school   friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.

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12.
Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe.
He
  said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was  eating.The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.

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Thoughts for Moms

As we celebrate Mothers, I do so with a tear of longing for my Mom who went on the path to Glory last year,  and conversely a heartfelt joy of expectation for my youngest whom I spent the day with yesterday at her “diaper party”, she’s due to deliver in July!

I ran across the following bit from a cousins social media page and felt it was too great not to pass along. 
MOMS…..

As we celebrate Moms today, I have friends who ache because they have desired a child but have never given birth, I have friends who have had miscarriages, I have friends who have never married but would love to be married and have a family…the list goes one. But each of those friends are contributing to a young person’s life, as a mentor, a foster parent, an aunt, a stepmom…I saw this recently and loved it. I share it with each of you today as I know today could be a really difficult day for you. Each of you are in my heart ❤️ and my prayers today!
To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
-Copied from a letter written by a guest contributor