The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.
Ray’s Computer (RC) OK where is he?
Ray’s Blackberry (RB) He has a 6:30 AM meeting this morning.
RC When we will he be back?
RB Who knows, he has a 9 AM after that and then an 11:15 meeting and lunch, then something at 2 PM and then the AT@T U-verse guy is supposed to be here to string some new cable.
RC Damn, I wish he wouldn’t do that, he won’t get his daily done and he’ll be upset.
RB Let’s not wait for him, let’s just go get an old one, send it and take the rest of the day off.
RC Great idea! I’ll do it now.
Ray’s away so here is what you get today.
Originally sent July 23, 2004
My friend Lewis sent this to me and I knew I had to send it to you as well:
One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.
That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn’t know others liked me so much." were most of the comments.
No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn’t matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.
Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.
The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. "Were you Mark’s math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "yes." Then he said: "Mark talked about you a lot."
After the funeral, most of Mark’s former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark’s mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher. "We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it." Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark’s classmates had said about him.
"Thank you so much for doing that," Mark’s mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it."
All of Mark’s former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It’s in the top drawer of my desk at home."
Chuck’s wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."
"I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It’s in my diary."
Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: "I think we all saved our lists."
That’s when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.
The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don’t know when that one day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late. I sent this to you because you too are important to me.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.
Marie Beyon Ray
A man goes to the doctor to find out about his tests. "It’s real bad, I’m afraid", says the doc "you’ve got a disease so new that it hasn’t even got a name yet – we just call it ‘Blue 56’. The only certain thing is that you’ll be dead in three days."
Naturally the guy is devastated, and goes into a big depression. His girlfriend suggests they go to Vegas to cheer him up just a bit till the end comes. So he goes reluctantly.
As he walks into the Casino, he’s the millionth customer and wins a brand new Rolls Royce. Then he pulls the handle of a slot machine as he passes, and wins the golden jackpot of $7 million. He sits down for a rest at the Blackjack table and wins $100,000 – straight 21 and he can’t even be bothered to turn the cards.
Weighed down with money, he throws it onto the nearest table. But it’s the roulette wheel and the money is on 22 – which promptly comes up! "Jeez," says the croupier, "I never seen luck like that in my whole life!"
"No, you don’t understand" says the guy, "I’ve got blue 56."
"Darn! Now you’ve won the raffle!!"
"One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized, and cruelly mocked, but it cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."
Michael J. Fox
Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had set their new wives straight on their duties. The first man had married a woman from Alabama. He bragged that he had told his wife to do all the dishes and clean the house. He said that it took her a couple of days, but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were all washed and put away.
The second man had married a woman from So. Carolina. He bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes, and the cooking. He told the men that the first day he didn’t see any results, but by the next day it was better, and on the third day, his house was clean, the dishes were done, and he had a huge dinner on the table.
The third man had married a Chicago girl. He boasted that he told her his house was to be cleaned, dishes washed, the cooking done and laundry folded. And this was all her responsibility. He said the first day he didn’t see anything and the second day he didn’t see anything but by third day some of the swelling had gone down so he could see a little out of his left eye!
Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.
The mother of a problem child was advised by a psychiatrist: "You are far too upset and worried
about your son. I suggest you take tranquilizers regularly."
On her next visit the psychiatrist asked, "Have the tranquilizers calmed you down?"
"Yes" the mother answered.
"And how is your son now?" he asked.
"Who cares?" she replied.
Mary: So at the end of our first date, he told me he wanted me for a friend.
Jill: All right.
Mary: Yeah, but on the second date, he brought the friend!
He said: On the first evening back from overseas, my girlfriend’s understanding parents left us alone in the living room. Naturally, we did not talk all the time. In the midst of a kiss, I noticed her little sister in her nightgown watching us from the doorway. "If you will be a good girl and go to bed, I will give you a quarter," I said to her.
Without taking the bribe or saying a word, she ran off but was very soon back again. "Here is a dollar," she said. "I wanna watch."
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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