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Moments that Take Our Breath Away...

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Moments That Take Our Breath Away

I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband unexpectedly and suddenly died of a heart attack.

About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, "Before class is over, I would like to share with all of you a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment. Perhaps this is 'the powers that be' way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day."

Her eyes beginning to water, she went on, "So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice. It doesn't have to be something you see it could be a scent - perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone's house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches the autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground."

"Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the 'stuff' of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted. We must make it important to notice them, for at any can all be taken away."

The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double-dip ice cream cone.

For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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We get so caught up in our everyday busyness (spelled correctly) that we sometimes need a reminder.

Very nice Laney, thanks for sharing!
VERY DEEP!!!! It does make you think about life a little differently doesn`t it. You know after my parents both died over the last two years I have decided to slow my life down and notice those very things. Thank you for sharing that story.
I'm sure that everyone on this network may share this opinion. There is nothing like looking out at the lake or, where I work, the Detroit River, and feeling touched by the beauty of the sun glissening on the water.

I will love and appreciate that until I'm 90 years old!!!
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Thanks for sharing that Laney.

You know, most days I wake up and my first thoughts are of what chaos lies ahead this day. For the first time in a while, I woke up peacefully and when I looked around myself, all I could see is everything I love. It felt really good just to slow down for a minute and appreciate all that God has blessed this us with.

I definitely need to be thankful more often.
Very beautiful and touching... i always try to see the good in everyone or the things around me... i have learned it is easier getting thru life that way.
We all tend to get caught up in our day to day lives and we all "at times" let the little things bother us, and we fail to think of all the wonderful and exciting things we take for granted.
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I know this to be very true, thank you Laney. But I think the tile should be "Moments that give us life"

Afterall one wrong "flip" in that stupid accident of mine and I would not be here on my 40th.....

ALWAYS happy to be alive!

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What a wonderful story Laney!! I definately need to do that more often in my life. Thanks for the reminder!!
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Once again you have steered my life back on course
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QUOTE(garydebs @ Oct 2 2003, 10:59 PM)Once again you have steered my life back on course

Awwwww....Miss you budster!

And!!! I am glad to hear that...
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Lot of crazy crap going on lately <_<

Plus I'm embarrassed of a certain situation
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QUOTE(garydebs @ Oct 4 2003, 08:10 AM)

Lot of crazy crap going on lately

Plus I'm embarrassed of a certain situation

...nothing to do with you, my dear

Can you get my shades for me though ?
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cool post, laney.
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Very touching Saleena!

Every time I read the title I think of something else though
Sorry......didn't mean to ruin your beautiful thread.
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That is a reminder that we can all use from time to time.
I don't know why it is so easy sometimes, to dwell on the negative and walk right by the positive without even giving it a glance or second thought. <_<
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