Sunday, January 18, 2015

Examples of people who have learned principals from others

 The following are interesting examples of people who have learned valuable 'uplifting principals' from others....

 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."

 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."

 3. Today, after a 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."

 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.

 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.

 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."

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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."

 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 just a  phone call  away." It was from a high school friend I hadn't  seen in 10 years.

 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."      

 The best sermons are lived, not preached       I am glad I have you to send these to.    

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