A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Little Things

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 just 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.

On this cloudy morning, when I can't do anything outside...I thought about this message that came to me in my email last week. Thanks Bevia..i had read it before, but I read it again. I think it's pretty much the way I would like to live my life...and I thought I'd share it with you.


Sue said...

What fantastic food for thought, Balisha. We SHOULD live each day to the fullest and really see and appreciate the simple little things that can make us happy. :-)

garden girl said...

Lovely, Balisha! I could not agree more. It's one of the little things ;) I so appreciate about babies and small children. They're so observant.

I love when my grandchildren notice something I've missed, and point it out to me. It's a reminder to slow down and pay attention, to stay connected with the people I love, and to the beauty and mystery that's all around us. It just takes a moment to stop, look, listen, and feel.

Balisha said...

Hi Linda and Sue,
I think that little kids are so connected to what's really important.
It's so amazing to just listen to their observations.They are so engrossed with the simple things in life.
A friend just emailed, after reading this, and said that she misses the most simple things her husband used to say. He passed away this year and she is coping very well, but at times she is sad... just thinking about those little things.
I guess we could all learn a lesson from this...