Almost three and a half years ago, somebody in a group chat I was in shared a beautiful message with nine short stories, and I thought I’d share them, especially as we celebrate the holiday season and the New Year.
1. FALL and RISE
Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that’s almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago.”
2. A FATHER’S ADVICE
Today, my father told me, “Just go for it and give it a try! You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic.”
3. The POWER of UNIQUENESS.
Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful businessman in his 70’s – what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”
4. LOOKING BACK
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
5. TRY and YOU shall KNOW
I am blind by birth. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to play baseball. I asked my father, “Dad, can I play baseball?” He said, “You’ll never know until you try.” When I was a teenager, I asked him, “Dad, can I become a surgeon?” He replied, “Son, you’ll never know until you try.” Today, I am a surgeon, just because I tried!
6. GOODNES & GRATITUDE
Today, after a 72-hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”
7. LOOKING BACK
Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”
Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then, my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”
All nine of these short stories were copied verbatim from the message I received, with minor edits to punctuation. Pictures were not included in the original message.
As we celebrate this holiday season, make New Year’s resolutions for 2020, and interact with others, let’s all remember these stories, share them with others, and practice these nine positive acts into our own lives.
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