A friend of mine sent these to me. I think they are some great points to think about and apply:
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.”
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.”
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 sincerest smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you
carried me out of the World Trade Center.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.