Thursday, June 9, 2016

Little Tractor Driver

The layout features Oliver. It was fun to watch that little guy climb up on that tractor like a big boy. What a fun day we had at the city farm in Ft Collins.

Recently, as you know if you've checked, I've been trying to mention something positive each day. Today, I received this piece in my email from a friend. I like it. I like it 
very much. I hope you do as well.

Find Something Beautiful To Notice
Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America - If you remember, she's the wife 
of Todd Beamer who said 'Let's Roll!'
and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was  heading 
for Washington, DC back on 9/11.   She said it's the little things that she 
misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as 
he came home, and her children running to meet him.   Lisa 
recalled this story: "I had a very special teacher in high school 
many years ago whose husband died suddenly 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 a side on the edge of her desk and sat 
down there.  With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she 
paused and said, '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 God's 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 one 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.  
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.   If you like this, please pass it on to a 
friend,  If not just delete it and go on with your life! Life is not 
measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments 
that take our breath away."   GOD Bless you every day of your life.  
The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts. The safest place 
to be is in someone's prayers, and the very best place to be is in 
the hands of God.

She learned to look for the good. I am trying to do that as well. One of the
good things I remember is the freedom teachers had to talk to us about 
things like that...and God was still in the classrooms.

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