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    Default One Teacher's Class Exercise

    "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.

    Last year one of the students was killed in Iraq 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.

    This is Rex Barker C.S. (Crying Softly) saying please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late. Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.

    May Your Day Be Blessed And Be As Special as you are.


    I have no idea if this story is true or not, and that in itself is not important. However I do relate with the message, because I carry something in my pocket book that was given to me by my Honours English 11 teacher..... 10 RULES FOR BEING HUMAN which goes pretty much everywhere with me and gets referred to often.
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    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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    I've seen this post before, I'm also not sure how true it is, but I really like the message it sends. Why don't you post your list of Rules For Being Human? It sounds like your Grade 11 teacher had something there, if you've carried that list around with you all these years.

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    I myself cary a few things around with me, A former teachers epitaph and a note from when I was in elementary school. I had my tonsils and adnoids out and was out for 10days. My class only heard that I was in the hospital for surgery and would be out for 10days. One kid said that I was very sick, and everyone believed him. The class wrote me a note. The note was and still is kind of funny, but it allways reminds me of the friends that I have all around me.
    The epitaph is my way of remembering what Mr. Colwell taught me about being a respectable person and how he allways had a good outlook on life even if it was his worst day of his life.
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    The basis of the story is true, but some of the facts have been changed. Here is a scoop on the original story from Snopes.com.

    http://www.snopes.com/glurge/allgood.htm

    Snopes is a website devoted to proving or disproving "urban legends". They researched this story and found it to be true, except that Mark was killed in Vietnam, not Iraq. Obviously someone "updated" the story recently.

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    By the way, while we're at it, here's another story from Snopes.com (a true story) that you all might find very touching.

    http://www.snopes.com/glurge/fireman.htm

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    Default HERE YA GO PAT

    As promised.....

    RULES FOR BEING HUMAN

    1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time around.

    2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called LIFE. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You make like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

    3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The "FAILED" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "WORKS".

    4. A lesson is repeated until learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

    5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

    6. "THERE" is no better than "HERE". When you're there had become a "HERE", you will simply obtain another "THERE" that again will look better than "HERE".

    7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something that you love or hate about yourself.

    8. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

    9. Your answers lie inside you. The answers to life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.

    10. [size=large]YOU WILL FORGET ALL THIS.[/size]

    Anonymous.
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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