Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Be an Angel Day - Please

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By Diane Forrest

I have been having some hard times lately, and they came to a dramatic head.  I needed help and had no one to turn to.  Then I happened to run in to this lady.  She took away all my problems; she shared her life with me and made everything ok again.  She had lost her husband in a plane wreck.  She was at the end of her rope, with nowhere to go.  She was alone, the kids were gone, and I was struggling.  Then she met someone, got remarried, and is now living happily ever after.

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I have a wonderful friend who is an angel to me.  He talks to me every day, and keeps me from being alone.  Just the sight of him takes all the worries from my mind and makes everything better.

I have another friend, who is with me every day, I never feel alone because I can always talk to him at any time.  Whenever there is a problem, he may not be able to help, but he is always there to listen.  He is an angel as well.

I have another friend, who spends every morning with me, talking about the past day's excitement and planning what is ahead for the coming day.  I can always count on her to be there for me, and to cheer me up when I am down.
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Being an Angel doesn’t require any special skills.  Sometimes it just takes being present and listening to a person while they work things out. Sometimes it’s a chance meeting with a perfect stranger to help put things back in order.

Today is Be An Angel Day. This day was established by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993. Its purpose is to encourage people to perform random acts of kindness and to help those in need.  Today, take the time to be an angel to someone. Whether you choose to do a favor for a friend or volunteer your time to assist others in your community, be sure to celebrate this occasion. Extend a helping hand, offer a kind word, or show someone your gratitude. 

This reminds me of a story:

Mark was walking home from school one day when he noticed the boy ahead of him had tripped and dropped all of the books he was carrying, along with two sweaters, a baseball bat, a glove and a small tape recorder. Mark knelt down and helped the boy pick up the scattered articles. Since they were going the same way, he helped to carry part of the burden. As they walked Mark discovered the boy's name was Bill, that he loved video games, baseball and history, and that he was having lots of trouble with his other subjects and that he had just broken up with his girlfriend. They arrived at Bill's home first and Mark was invited in for a Coke and to watch some television. The afternoon passed pleasantly with a few laughs and some shared small talk, then Mark went home. They continued to see each other around school, had lunch together once or twice, then both graduated from junior high school. They ended up in the same high school where they had brief contacts over the years. Finally the long awaited senior year came and three weeks before graduation, Bill asked Mark if they could talk.

Bill reminded him of the day years ago when they had first met. "Did you ever wonder why I was carrying so many things home that day?" asked Bill. "You see, I cleaned out my locker because I didn't want to leave a mess for anyone else. I had stored away some of my mother’s sleeping pills and I was going home to commit suicide. But after we spent some time together talking and laughing, I realized that if I had killed myself, I would have missed that time and so many others that might follow. So you see, Mark, when you picked up those books that day, you did a lot more, you saved my life."

There is no act of kindness that is too small, so Be an Angel today.

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