Monday, September 25, 2017
To make the changes this World needs to flourish ...
“Each person must Live their Life as a Model for Others.”
- Rosa Parks
Talking about Change ... does Not Bring Change ... BEING THE CHANGE does ... The Example!!
Rosa is proof that beauty shines from within:
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Too Busy for a Friend.....
One day a teacher asked her students to list the namesof the other students in the room on two sheetsof paper, leaving a space between eachname.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 tofinish their assignment, and as the students leftthe room, each one handed in thepapers.That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name ofeach student on a separate sheet of paper, and listedwhat everyone had said about thatindividual.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 meantanything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me somuch,' were most of the comments.No one ever mentioned those papers in classagain. She never knew if they discussed them after class orwith their parents, but it didn't matter. Theexercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happywith themselves and one another. That group of studentsmoved on.Years later, one of the students waskilled in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral ofthat special student. She had never seen aserviceman in a military coffin before. He looked somature.The church was packed with his friends. One by onethose who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. Theteacher was the last one to bless thecoffin.As she stood there, one of the soldiers who actedas pallbearer came up to her. 'Were you Mark'smath teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said:'Mark talked about you a lot.'After the funeral, most of Mark's formerclassmates went together to eat luncheon. Mark's mother andfather were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.'We want to show you something,' his fathersaid, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They foundthis on Mark when he was killed. We thought you mightrecognize it.'Opening the billfold, he carefully removed twoworn pieces of notebook paper that had obviouslybeen taped, folded and refolded many times. The teacherknew without looking that the papers were the ones onwhich she had listed all the good things each ofMark's classmates had said about him.'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark'smother said. 'As you can see, Mark kept this with him
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 ofmy desk at home.'Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put hisin our wedding album.''I have mine too,' Marilyn said 'It's in my diary'Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into herpocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn andfrazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me atall times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, shecontinued: 'I think we all saved ourlists'That's when the teacher finally sat down andcried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends whowould never see him again.The density of people in society is so thick thatwe forget that life will end one day. And we don'tknow when that one day will be.So please, tell the people you love and carefor, that they are special and important. Tell them,before it is too late.And One Way To Accomplish This Is: Forward thismessage on. If you do not send it, you will have, onceagain passed up the wonderful opportunity to do something nice and
If you've received this, it is because someonecares for you and it means there is probably at leastsomeone for whom you care.If you're 'too busy' to take those few minutesright now to forward this message on, would this be theVERY first time you didn't do that little thing thatwould make a difference in your relationships?
The more people that you send this to, thebetter you'll be at reaching out to those you careabout.Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into thelives of others comes back into yourown.
This video is called a digital story. It was a very powerful therapeutic process creating a story about my dear Brother Barry killed in Vietnam. Last Veterans' Day (2014), I read that there were 100 dogtags of South Carolina Casualties of the Vietnam war at the Vietnam Experience at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant across the Cooper River from Charleston, S.C. I went over there determined to find his dogtag and this is the story about this dramatic event:
The Journey through Grief
With awareness, the journey through grief becomes a path to wholeness. Grief can lead us to a profound understanding that reaches beyond our individual loss.
—Mark Matousek, “A Splinter of Love”
About this, dear Karen knows that my dear Brother Barry was killed in Vietnam on Sept.22 1969, and this is a Divinely Timely message, thanks Karen Damborg Hinson~ Perfect message - GRIEF CAN LEAD US TO A PROFOUND UNDERSTANDING THAT REACHES BEYOND OUR INDIVIDUAL LOSS.