Something to brighten your day.....

by Lost Diamond 4 Replies latest jw friends

  • Lost Diamond
    Lost Diamond

    A friend emailed this to me at work and I wanted to share it....hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    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 that was heading for Washington
    > D.C. 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.
    > She's now the Mom of a beautiful little girl, Mary.
    > 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
    > powers 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, fine 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. We must make it important to notice them, for at
    > can all be taken away.
    > 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.
    > If you like this, please pass it on to a friend, if not just delete it and
    > go on with your life!
    > Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
    > moments that take our breath away."

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  • LyinEyes

    I oftened wondered if others looked at things the way I did, I mean in great detail. I think sometimes when we have such a lose or tragedies in our lives it does make us want to hold on to what is beauty in everyday life. Today I looked out the window and saw many leaves all over the lawn. I have to say, that this is a hard time of the year for me,,,,, my mom loved the fall, and it will soon be here and she will not, this has happened every year for 16 yrs since she passed. But after I read this, I went out and picked up one of the leaves and instead of thinking about this time of the year and the falling leaves reminding me of her death, I thought of how she loved those leaves. Life is way too short that is for sure, if she were here with me now , she would be loving those leaves.

  • Lost Diamond
    Lost Diamond


    You are sooo right! I think we would all feel healthier and happier if we looked at things around us, like the fall leaves that your mother loved so much, and see the beauty in them. In itself, the leaves do not represent the END of Summer, but a BEGINNING of a new thankful that we have made it this far and to be able to observe and feel these changes around us. I try to see things for what they are and enjoy the moment....because that too will be just a memory.

    Take those leaves and keep them as a memory of the love that your mother had for them, and see them through her eyes.


  • Double Edge
    Double Edge

    Thanks Lost Diamond....that DID brighten my was great.


    My Dad's been gone for over 10 years now...we were very close and I think of him everyday. I have no doubts that when we too put aside our journey in this life, we will again be reunited with those we love....and you know what...I bet your mom is still loving those leaves and is closer to you than you know.

  • Prisca

    Thank you LD, it is a beautiful post.

    (((((Dede))))) - I often see things my mum loved, and when I see those things I am reminded of her, and the beautiful woman that she was, even though she lost her life far too early.

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