I received a wonderful story from a good friend a while ago. I hope it touches you all as it touched me! I thought it would be nice to do the same sort of thing here.......... Sometimes Life seems too busy...but it's really not, it's just the illusion of what we think we have to do to be of value. We never really know do we...when our time is up. So...thank you to all of you for being such an important part of my life experience. What a wonderful ride it is. Enjoy this little message that follows... 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! 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 ...................................................................................................... Now it's my turn. I will not purposely omit any names because it's very easy to say 1 nice thing about someone. Obviously I cannot list every members name, so I will list those who I "know" and have bantered with the most! 1_ares_1/ A fighter, she will have no problem fitting in wherever she ends up, I am honored to know you! BunnyRoses/ Intelligent, she sticks to what she believes, thank you for simply being you! Darth Tater/ A wonderful father; obviously a great asset & friend to Andrew! doubles/ Remember at the end of the Grinch movie when the Grinches heart grew and grew? Doubles already has that wonderful heart! Dragon/ A fighter with many happy years ahead of him! Fairyquad/ a creative soul which I admire! Foreheadguy/ Well beyond simple intelligence, I believe he has a sensitive and caring soul although he tends to hide that side! Greenhappy/ Another smart one (stop wishing for food all the time)! Helpisontheway/ The world is blessed because you are here! Kromsales/ Always there to help and obviously a fantastic mother, I look forward to knowing you better! Lostmymindw/5- One of the most creative people I have ever had the pleasure to communicate with! Mina/sweet-sweet! Msbabedoll/ One of the sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing!!! Nanner/ Reminds be soooo much of my big sister Diana, theres simply not enough room here to say all the nice things I'd like too! Nani/ you are very sweet! Nightsurfer/ One of the lucky souls who have found their little corner of the world and are happy there! Tgirl/ A heart of gold. The world needs many more of you in it! Tonyspoker/ A very nice person! Twilightdawn/ I look forward to knowing you better! You seem very sweet! Wolver/ You are my kharma sister (I'm sure I don't need to explain why!) If you have read this all the way through, thank you!