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How Much Do We Notice As We Go Through A Day?

Monday, July 04, 2016

A simple and beautiful explanation of what life is about.............

Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America---If you remember, she's the wife of Todd Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!' and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back on 9-11.

She said it's the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him.

Lisa recalled this story:

"I had a very special teacher in High School many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, 'Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment.

Perhaps this is the power's way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, "So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.

It doesn't have to be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone's house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the "stuff" of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted."

The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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  • MISSDAISY23
    True! We need to take time to enjoy every moment of our lives. We never know when we will take our last breath. emoticon very much for sharing this lovely story, Patti!
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    Daisy

    1325 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    Very beautiful and important message, Patti. Thanks for posting.
    1325 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    Thank you, Patti. We all needed this reminder.
    Gail
    1326 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    This blog makes it very clear to not take even one day for granted.... You clearly got the point across and did so with the need for appreciation.
    1326 days ago
  • LESLIELENORE
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  • POINDEXTRA
    Thanks for the wonderful reminder.
    1326 days ago
  • IAMSUNNYHOWARD
    emoticon Beautiful message!
    1326 days ago
  • GINNABOOTS
    I couldn't have read this at a better time, it's been 3 years today that my mother passed away. Thank you Patti for posting this beautiful blog. emoticon
    1326 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    This is beautiful. We ARE all put here for a purpose, to add something to this world, and love this world. Life is all too short NOT to notice the beauty. My brother died @ age 27 ON HIS BIRTHDAY. I remember every detail of that day. But the most important thing that I remember . . . he loved life and lived it to the fullest. Every day. That's what I want to do, that's what I try to do.
    1326 days ago
  • KITT52
    Thank you for this reminder...life is to precious to go mindlessly through..stop and take it all in..

    Have a healthy day
    1326 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    emoticon I look out for detail in my walks, yesterday saw a cute group of birds walking behind their mum following someone dropping chips LOL
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    1326 days ago
  • RASPBERRY56
    Thank you for sharing.....
    1326 days ago
  • IAMAGEMLOVER
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  • LIVINGLOVINLIFE
    This touches me so much. My 1st husband passed when I was 26. He was a big guy. Hunted, fished, 7th degree black belt karate expert. He was also 1/2 Indian. He felt part of our world. He was walking down the street and was shot down by a drive by shooter. He was left paralyzed from the nipple line down. The man who was so intuned with nature was confined to a wheelchair in constant pain. Hey he loved life all of it so.much. He taught me to experience to feel every moment. I learned to appreciate all the little things. You never know when it will happen when it will all go away. Thank you for writing this today. It is a philosophy I promote.
    1326 days ago
  • LIVINGLOVINLIFE
    This touches me so much. My 1st husband passed when I was 26. He was a big guy. Hunted, fished, 7th degree black belt karate expert. He was also 1/2 Indian. He felt part of our world. He was walking down the street and was shot down by a drive by shooter. He was left paralyzed from the nipple line down. The man who was so intuned with nature was confined to a wheelchair in constant pain. Hey he loved life all of it so.much. He taught me to experience to feel every moment. I learned to appreciate all the little things. You never know when it will happen when it will all go away. Thank you for writing this today. It is a philosophy I promote.
    1326 days ago
  • LIVINGLOVINLIFE
    This touches me so much. My 1st husband passed when I was 26. He was a big guy. Hunted, fished, 7th degree black belt karate expert. He was also 1/2 Indian. He felt part of our world. He was walking down the street and was shot down by a drive by shooter. He was left paralyzed from the nipple line down. The man who was so intuned with nature was confined to a wheelchair in constant pain. Hey he loved life all of it so.much. He taught me to experience to feel every moment. I learned to appreciate all the little things. You never know when it will happen when it will all go away. Thank you for writing this today. It is a philosophy I promote.
    1326 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    Exactly. THANK YOU!!!! I always take notice on my walks everyday, but for now on, I will take EXTRA notice. ;o)
    1326 days ago
  • ARTJAC
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  • 2BDYNAMIC
    Extremely poignant and a message for us to take to heart ........ Let us not take one day for granted for as you said ..... We know not when it will come to an end ..... But we know it will.
    Glad you wrote this lovely article. emoticon
    1326 days ago
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