[triadtechtalk] OTF.

      Too Busy for a Friend...
      One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other
 students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each
 name.


       Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about
 each of their classmates and write it down.


       It took the remainder of the class period to finish their
 assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.


       That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a
 separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that
  individual.


       On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the
 entire class was smiling. "Really?" she heard whispered. "I never knew
 that I
 meant anything to anyone!" and, "I didn't know others liked me so much."
 were
 most of the comments.

      No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if
 they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't
 matter.
 The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with
 themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

      Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and
 his
 teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a
 serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.
       The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved
 him
 took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the
 coffin.
     As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came
 up
 to her. "Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. She nodded: "yes." Then
 he
 said: "Mark talked about you a lot."
       After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to
 a
 luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak
 with his teacher.

       "We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet
 out
 of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you
 might recognize it."
       Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of
 notebook
 paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. The
 teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she
 had
 listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.
      "Thank you so much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can
 see, Mark treasured it."
      All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie
 smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top
 drawer of my desk at home."
      Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album."
      "I have mine too," Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."
      Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out
 her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry
 this
 with me at all times," Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she
 continued: "I think we all saved our lists."
       That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for
Mark
 and for all his friends who would never see him again.
      The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that
 life
 will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.
       So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are
 special
 and important. Tell them, before it is too late.
      And One Way To Accomplish This Is: Forward this message on. If you
 do
 not send it, you will have, once again passed up the wonderful opportunity
 to
 do something nice and beautiful.
      If you've received this, it is because someone cares for you and it
 means there is probably at least someone for whom you care.

       If you're "too busy" to take those few minutes right now to forward
 this message on, would this be the VERY first time you didn't do that
 little
 thing that would make a difference in your relationships?
      The more people that you send this to, the better you'll be at
 reaching
 out to those you care about.
     Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of
 others
 comes back into your own.
       May Your Day Be Blessed As Special As You Are





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