A Thought For Today

Sometimes It’s the Little Things . . . 

In an interview on Good Morning America, Lisa Beamer, wife of Todd Beamer, the 9/11 hero who helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania as it headed for Washington, DC, said it’s the little things that she misses most about Todd.  Things like hearing the garage door open when he came home, and watching her children run 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 insights with a classroom of students. 

As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the windows and class was nearly over, the teacher 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.”  She went on to remind us that 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 God’s way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes were beginning to water, but she went on, “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. Then 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 during 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.

So 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.

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

HAVE A GREAT DAY!  And may GOD Bless you every day of your life.

Mary Z.