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Thought of the Day - 8/22/09

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.
~~ Buddhist teaching ~~

Thought of the Day - 8/21/09

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass . . . it's about learning how to dance in the rain!

Thought of the Day - 8/20/09

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
~~ Albert Einstein ~~

Just Stay

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.

"Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent.

He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement. The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited. Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

"Who was that man?" he asked.

The nurse was startled, "He was your father," she answered.

"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."

"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?" asked the nurse.

"I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell
whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed."

The next time someone needs you . . .
just be there.

Thought of the Day - 8/19/09

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~

Thought of the Day - 8/18/09

Sometimes grace can overcome sorrow, a smile can give peace, and a hug can say more than words.

Thought of the Day - Bonus #6

You have to take the good with the bad, smile when your sad, love what you've got and remember what you had. Things go wrong but remember life goes on!

Thought of the Day - 8/17/09

Without human affection, we cannot survive.
~~ The Dalai Lama ~~

Thought of the Day - 8/16/09

Home . . . a dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.
~~ James Montgomery ~~

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