Past, Present and Future HS Students Everywhere
One of my many nieces is graduating from high school this Saturday. My thoughts are filled with all the high school students who have touched my life; career classes I have spoken to about nursing and happiness; other nieces and nephews, our host daughter, my granddaughter in the future, my son and myself so long ago… How best to send them out into the world and this story dropped into mind:
In life, there is much trivia that allow us to worry or be concerned. Without practice, we are not wise or considerate enough. Why is that? It is because in life we usually form opinions or judgement from what we think, what we hear and we see. We forget to be aware. A thousand sayings of sorry cannot satisfy those whom we have already disappointed. This story can illustrate it.
Here is the Story:
A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to spend her time. She also bought a packet of cookies. She then sat down in an armchair, in the VIP room of the airport, to rest and read in peace. Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading. When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She just thought, “What a nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!” For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her but she didn’t want to cause a scene. When only one cookie remained, she thought, “Ah…..what will this abusive man do now?” Then, the man, taking the last cookie, divided it into half, giving her one half. Ah! That was too much! She was much too angry now! In a huff, she took her book, her things and stormed to the boarding place.
When she sat down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked into her purse to take her eyeglasses, and, to her surprise, her packet of cookies was there, untouched, unopened! She felt so ashamed!! She realized that she was wrong ….. she had forgotten that her cookies were kept in her purse. The man had divided his cookies with her, without feeling angered or bitter. While she had been very angry, thinking that she was dividing her cookies with him. And now there was no chance to explain herself…nor to apologize.
The moral of the story…
There are Five Things That You Cannot Recover.
The stone ….after the throw!
The word … after it’s said!
The occasion….after the loss!
The time …after it’s gone!
The action…after it’s done!
It is true though we must be careful and mindful of things that we are going to do. If we are careful, mindful or considerate, there is no gap for repentance. Each moment is a new opportunity.
Another Brief Story
It had been a bit of time since I had last seen my niece, I thought, for sure, she had stuffed her bra with toilet paper. As I gave her a poke, I said, “What do you have in there?”. “Nothing, just me!”, she said. Imagine my shock and the shame at my disrespect, when I realized her body had matured. In nursing school we learned the meaning of the word assume=ass u me, in other words when we assume anything about someone, we tend to make an ass of ourselves. Correct and Continue.
To All 2012 Graduates
Remember to: keep your body, mind and spirit FIT, have FUN, be FREE with your love and thinking, stay connected with FAMILY, learn how to manage FINANCES well, no matter how much money you have and each day, put a bit of thought and action towards your FUTURE wishes. My gift to you, is a CD, just send me your wish with your name and address via email to, firstname.lastname@example.org