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 three 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, crying. And just before
he died, he licked the tears off my face.
5. Today at 7 a.m., I woke up feeling ill, but decided I
needed the money, so I went into work. At 3 p.m., 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 five 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 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 three
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.”
I am glad I have you to send these to.
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