I've had many an occasion over the past few years where
I've had to prepare a memorial for people. I've always
done my best, both in designing and choosing just the right
poem. However this time I faces a brick wall that I
thought I would never find a way over.
Last Christmas a Vietnam Vet by the name of John
gathered some of his friends and entertained the children
at our annual Christmas Party. He was living on the
streets and I'd asked if you people might be able to help some.
I proudly admit that many Family Members came to his
aid, and those who were unable to suggested that he take his
case to the Vet's Association. We here at Angelfairy
Internet helped him in his endeavor, only to be told his case
was "beyond our jurisdiction," whatever that means.
Anyway, late this summer John got a slight case of the flu,
and since we've already had our first freeze, exposure turned
that flu into full blown pneumonia, the result being that he died
4 days ago. John's love of humanity seemed endless and
this was the only piece I could find that bespoke of his true
feelings. It is quite long, but the whole thing is so profound in
it's truth that I'm sure you'll be glad to read to the end.
A 91 year old woman died after living a very long dignified
life. When she met God she asked him something that had
bothered her for a very long time. "If man was created in
God's image, and if all men are created equal, why do
people treat each other so badly?"
God replied that each person who enters our life has a unique
lesson to teach us. It is only through these lessons that we
learn about life, people and our relationships with God. This
confused the woman so God began to explain:
"When someone lies to you, it teaches you that things are not
always what they seem. The truth is often far beneath the
surface. Look beyond the masks that people wear if you want
to know what is in their hearts. Remove your own masks
to let people know who you really are.
When someone steals from you, it teaches you that nothing
is forever. Always appreciate what you have. You never
know when you might lose it. Never take your friends or
family for granted, because today and sometimes only this
very moment is the only guarantee you may have.
When someone inflicts injury upon you, it teaches you
that the human state is a very fragile one. Protect and
take care of your body as best you can, it's the one thing
you are sure to have forever.
When someone mocks you, it teaches you no two people
are alike. When you encounter people who are different
from you, do not judge them by how they look or act,
instead base it on the content of what is in their hearts."
When someone breaks your heart, it teaches you that
loving someone does not always mean that someone will
love you back. But don't turn your back on love,
because when you find the right person, the joy that one
person will bring you will make up for all your past hurts.
Times a thousand-fold.
When someone holds a grudge against you, it teaches
you that everyone makes mistakes. When you are
wronged, the most virtuous thing you can do is forgive
the offender without pretense. Forgiving those who have
hurt us is often one of life's most difficult experiences, but it
is also the most courageous thing a person can do.
When a loved one is unfaithful to you, it teaches you
that resisting temptation is Man's greatest challenge.
Be vigilant in your resistance against all temptations.
By doing so, you will be rewarded with an enduring
sense of satisfaction far greater than the temporary
pleasure by which you were tempted.
When someone cheats you, it teaches you that greed is
the root of all evil. Aspire to make your dreams come
true, no matter how lofty they may be. Do not feel
guilty about your success, but never let an obsession with
achieving your goals lead you to engage in malevolent
When someone ridicules you, it teaches you that nobody
is perfect. Accept people for their merits and be tolerant
of their flaws. Do not ever reject someone for imperfections
over which they have no control."
Upon hearing the Lord's wisdom, the old woman
became concerned that there are no lessons to be learned
from man's good deeds. God replied that Man's
capacity to love is the greatest gift He has.
At the root of kindness is love, and each act of love also
teaches us a lesson.
The woman's curiosity deepened. God, once again began
"When someone loves us, it teaches us love, kindness,
charity, honesty, humility, forgiveness, acceptance, and
all of these can counteract all the evil in the world. For
every good deed, there is one evil deed. Man alone
has the power to control the balance between good and
evil, but because the lessons of love are not taught often
enough, the power is too often abused.
When you enter someone's life, whether by plan, chance,
or coincidence, consider what your lesson will be. Will
you teach love or a harsh lesson of reality?
When you die, will your life have resulted in more loving
or hurting? More comfort or more pain? More joy or
more sadness? Each one of us has the power over the
balance of the love in the world.
Use it wisey!"
Author Unknown To Me
I have been contacted by the Author who has asked me to
list him here this way.
~ Roy Nwaisser, Author
Thank you, Roy, for giving me permission to share your wisdom-filled words,
they are beautiful and inspiring.
If anyone would like to contact Roy,
you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
John would tell us to live for today, with God's
help tomorrow will take care of itself.
John loved humanity and lit the world with his smile.
He will be sorely missed.
Thanks, Angelfairy, for sending this
beautiful story for all to enjoy! Dede....
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