Monday, May 31, 2010

Makes You Think

If You Have
food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep...
You are richer than 75% of the world.

If You Have
money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change...
You are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...
you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation...
you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.

If you can read this message
You are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Love Gives Me Hope

These are random things that have happened that gave people hope, (not mine).

My parents have been married for 35 years.
The other day my mom told me that when my dad calls her up at work to see if she wants to grab a cup of coffee, she still gets butterflies in her stomach.
Their everlasting love gives me hope.

Last Thursday my parents had a huge fight, and I stayed up all night crying, unable to sleep.
I messaged my boyfriend and told him what had happened. Very late at night he texted me telling me to go outside. I did, and he stood there in the pouring rain, holding flowers. He kissed me, and it took all the pain away. His love hives me hope.

I was abused by my parents as a child.
My little brother texted my best friend that I was threatened to be killed by my parents. Jake drove to my house. When he got there my dad pulled a gun on me and Jake jumped in front and the bullet went in his arm. Today, I sit next to my husband who risked his life for mine. Your love GMH.

A guy I knew in high school would bring two dozen roses to school every Valentines Day.
He would give one rose to each girl he knew didn't have a valentine. He felt that every girl deserved to feel special. I was one of those girls. We've been married for 3 years. Stand up guys in a world of flakes GMH.

Today, I saw two mentally handicapped high schoolers at my school walking hand-in-hand, completely oblivious to the sneers and teases of my fellow peers.
Their honest, innocent love GMH.

3 years ago, my boyfriend and I entered universities on opposite sides of the US.
Since then, I've kept telling him that he'd be happier with someone closer. Yesterday, after not seeing him since before our first year, he showed up at my dorm. To propose. Love that survived 2000 miles GMH.

Yesterday, I told my best friend that I was gay.
She is a Neo-Orthodox Jew and believes homosexuality is an abomination. Instead of disowning me, she just smiled and said 'Yay! Now we can boy-compare!' A best friend's love, no matter what GMH.

The other day I saw a young teenage couple riding a bike.
The boy was peddling, and the girl was riding on the back of it. They were laughing and smiling, until the boy stopped the bike, looked up at the girl and kissed her. It was the sweetest thing I'd ever witnessed. Young love GMH.

2 years ago, at my daughter's wedding, her alcoholic, violent ex-boyfriend stormed in with a knife.
Before anyone could stop him, he slashed at her. Her fiancee took the slash. After being rushed to the hospital, he went into a coma. She stayed with him night and day. Eventually he woke up. Yesterday, they welcomed Ciara and Josh into the world. Their love GMH.

I was rushed into the hospital has I had a severe asthma attack which left me in a coma for 24 hours.
When I woke up, a popular boy at school was beside my bed and comforted me. I had never spoke to him, bu always liked him. When I was discharged, my mom drove me and him to my house, and all my friends were there. He planned it all. He GMH.

Last night I called my boyfriend crying, telling him that I wished he was here.
We talked for six hours. When we got off the phone, I heard tapping on my window. I looked out to see him, throwing rocks. He lives in Boston, and drove six hours to come see me. His love GMH.

I was raped two years ago.
My husband, while deployed, would stay online with me all night sacraficing his own sleep to talk to me and help me through my nightmares. When I would ask if he wanted to go to sleep, he would say, "It's my job to protect my country, but my most importand job is to love and protect you." His forever understanding GMH.

I was always depressed.
I had left a suicide note for my best friend to find. I was about to jump off a bridge when he showed up with seven notebooks. Each page was a letter written to me about how much he's in love with me. We've been dating for three years now, and Austin's love still GMH.

My 22-year old sister is in a wheelchair.
Her best friend of 20 years, took her to a party recently and her favorite song came on. She said, "I wish I could dance to this song." Her best friend picked her up and said, "Your wish is my command," and whirled her around. He then put her in her wheelchair, and proposed to her. His love of 20 years GMH.

Two years ago, I went to a movie with a close friend.
He didn't know that I was going to commit suicide the next day to escape my abusive boyfriend. In the dark, he slipped his hand into mine after 10 years of friendship and waiting. His love gave me the courage to leave. His patience GMH.

I finally told my girlfriend the truth: That I hadn't really recovered from drug addiction.
I started to cry, sure she would leave me. She said that she loved me and we would get through it, no matter what. Yesterday, I was released from rehab. Today, she agreed to marry me. Love GMH.

Today at work, I dug through the trash to help a lady find her ring.
When I found it, I handed it to her and she hugged me, saying it was the ring her deceased husband had given her when they got married 40 years ago, and she'd never taken it off. Undying love GMH.

Today I brought my boyfriend home for the first time.
My former boyfriends have felt uncomfterable around my sister, Katie, who has Down Syndrom. When Katie met my boyfriend, she hugged him and said, "I love you already." What did my boyfriend do? He said, "I love you too. Sorry Auden, but she's stolen my heart." His understanding GMH.

Monday, May 24, 2010

All the Time in the World...

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. "That's my son over there," she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.
"He's a fine looking boy," the man said. "That's my son on the swing in the blue sweater." Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. "What do you say we go, Todd?"
Todd pleaded, "Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes." The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart's content.
Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. "Time to go now?"
Again Todd pleaded, "Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes." The man smiled and said, "Okay."
"My, you certainly are a patient father," the woman responded.
The man smiled and then said, "My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I'd give anything for just five more minutes with him. I've vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd.
"He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is...I get five more minutes to watch him play."

Monday, May 10, 2010


1. name the 5 wealthiest people in the world
2. name the last 5 Heisman trophy winners
3. name the last 5 winners of the Miss America contest
4. name the 10 people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize
5. name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor/actress
6. name the last decade's worth of World Series winners
How did you do?
the point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. these are no second-rate achievers. they are the best in their fields. but the applause dies. awards tarnish. achievements are forgotten. accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
here's another quiz. see how you do on this one:
1. list a few teachers who aided your journey through school
2. name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time
3. name 5 people who have taught you something worthwhile
4. think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special
5. think of 5 people you enjoy spending time with
6. name half a dozen heroes whose stories has inspired you
the lesson: the people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. they are the ones that care.
pass this on to those people who have made a difference in your life...

did you ever wonder...

if it's zero degrees today, and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
if a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would you know?
why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
if you can be overwhelmed and underwhelmed, why can't you be whelmed?
after the bus driver gets off the bus, who closes the door on the bus?
at a movie theatre, which arm rest is yours?
if a number 2 pencil is the most popular pencil, why is it still number 2?
why do psychics as you your name?
if sign-makers went on strike, whaat would their signs say?
why is the word abbreviation so long?
why are "wise-man" and "wise-guy" opposites?
if the sky is the limit, what's space?
can you get cornered in a round room?
if practice makes perfect, but nobody's perfect, why practice?
if a turtle didn't have a shell, would it be naked or homeless?
wha do they use to ship styrofoam?
why are they called buildings if they're finished?
if you were driving the speed of light and you turned your headlights on, what would happen?
why is it when you transport something by car it is called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship it's called cargo?
why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
how can there be self-help groups?
why does your nose run, and your feet smell?