You do make a difference.

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  1. Angelkitty

    Angelkitty New Member

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    [FONT=tahoma,sans-serif]A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in High School by
    telling them the difference each of them had made. She called each student
    to the front of the class, one at a time.

    First, she told each of them how they had made a difference to her, and the
    class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon, imprinted with
    gold letters, which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference."

    Afterwards, the teacher decided to do a class project, to see what kind of
    impact recognition would have on a Community. She gave each of the students
    three more blue ribbons, and instructed them to go out and spread this
    acknowledgment ceremony.

    Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom, and report
    to the class in about a week.

    One of the boys in the class went to a ju nior executive in a nearby
    Company,
    and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue
    ribbon, and put it on his shirt.

    Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on
    recognition, and we'd like for you to go out, find somebody to honor, give
    them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can
    acknowledge a third person, to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then
    please report back to me and tell me what happened."

    Later that day, the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been
    noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down,
    and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The
    boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would
    accept the gift of the blue ribbon, and would he give him permission to put
    it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure." The junior execut ive took
    the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket, above his heart.
    As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, "Would you take this extra
    ribbon, and pass it on by honoring somebody else. The young boy who first
    gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school, and we want to keep this
    recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people."

    That night, the boss came home to his 14-year-old son, and sat him down. He
    said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office,
    and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me, and gave
    me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine! He thinks I am a
    creative genius! Then he put a blue ribbon that says, "Who I Am Makes a
    Difference", on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and
    asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I
    started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon, and I thought
    about you. I want to honor you. My days are hectic and when I come home, I
    do not pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not
    getting good enough grades in school, and for your bedroom being a mess.
    Somehow, tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know
    that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most
    important person in my life. You're a great kid, and I love you!"

    The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he could not stop crying His
    whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears,

    "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom,
    explaining why I had took my life, and I asked you to forgive me. I was
    going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep.

    I just did not think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don't
    think I need it after all."

    His father walked u pstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and
    pain.

    The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch, but
    made sure to let all of his employees know that they made a difference.

    The junior executive helped other young people with career planning, and
    never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life...one
    being the boss' son. In addition, the young boy and his classmates learned a
    valuable lesson, "Who you are DOES make a difference".

    You are under no obligation to pass this on to anyone.... not to two people,
    or to two hundred. As far as I am concerned, you can forget it and move on.
    On the other hand, if you want, you could send it to all of the people who
    mean something to you, or send it to the one, two, or three people who mean
    the most.

    On the other hand, just smile and know that I think that you are important,
    or you would not have received this in the first place. Who you are does
    make a difference, and I wanted you to know that.

    Isn't this a wonderful story? I'm passing the blue ribbon to you, for who
    YOU are does make a difference, too.

    May GOD BLESS YOU. Have an awesome day, and know that someone has thought
    about you today!

    A prayer for today: Lord, Thank you for my friends and family who really do
    make a difference to me. AMEN[/FONT]
     
  2. Rhinospawn

    Rhinospawn New Member

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    very nice post. I am sening it to others on my email list. moving story. funny how some people just don't realize how important they actually are.
     

  3. punkin570

    punkin570 New Member

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    thank you trisha for that beautiful post. if that doesnt touch ppls hearts, i dont know what will.
     
  4. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    tks.tish you made me think of who i should honer.by the way you and newton done a bang up job on the ar.gathering i had a ball.
     
  5. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    Thank You for the post. it was great
     
  6. bwillaub

    bwillaub New Member

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    Great post. We don't realize how the "little things" we do affect others around us.

    "I've had loved ones in my life who never knew how much I loved them. So I live with the regrets that my true feelings for them never were revealed. So I made a promise to myself, to say each day how much they mean to me. And avoid that circumstance where there's no second chance to tell them how I feel."__________________Garth Brooks
     
  7. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Patricia that was AWESOME. Makes you think. Thanks for sharing.:smile2:
     
  8. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Thank you Patricia i will definately pass this on!!:smile2:
     
  9. Hope

    Hope New Member

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    Patricia, this is definitely worth passing on to others and that's what I'm gonna do! Thanks so much :lol: Take good care of yourself.

    Carolyn
     
  10. Kat-tamer

    Kat-tamer New Member

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    I will pass this on. It definitly reminds me to tell my kids how important yhey really are.