Next New Beginnings - October 20 - 21!!!
Sometimes we just need to be reminded!
A well-known speaker started
off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he
asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up. He said,
"I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this. He
proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, "Who still
wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, "What if
I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and
started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now
crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?" Still the hands went into
”My friends, we have all
learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you
still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth
Many times in our lives, we
are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make
and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are
worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will
never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you
are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you.
The worth of our lives comes
not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special-
Don't EVER forget it."
Count your blessings, not
And remember: amateurs built
the ark ... professionals built the Titanic.
If God brings you to it - He
will bring you through it.
Treasure in a Box
A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door
Bob McEwan, D.C.
It had been some time
since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself
got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit
of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time
to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son.
He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.
Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The
funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old
newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.
"Jack, did you hear me?"
"Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of
him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said.
"Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were
doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the
fence' as he put it," Mom told him.
"I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.
"You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make
sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said.
"He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this
business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things
he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack
As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his
hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no
children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.
The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to
see the old house next door one more time.
Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing
over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was
exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every
piece of furniture....Jack stopped suddenly.
"What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.
"The box is gone," he said
"What box?" Mom asked.
"There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I
must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell
me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said.
It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered
it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had
"Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said "I better
get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."
It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from
work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required
on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within
the next three days," the note read.
Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and
looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was
difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. "Mr.
Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open
the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands
shook as he read the note inside.
"Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett.
It's the thing I valued most in my life." A small key was taped to the
letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully
unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.
Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched
the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:
"Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser."
"The thing he valued most...was...my time."
Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared
his appointments for the next two days "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.
"I need some time to spend with my son," he said.
"Oh, by the way, Janet..thanks for your time!"
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments
that take our breath away,"
Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.
1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't
4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
5. You mean the world to someone.
6. If not for you, someone may not be living
7. You are special and unique.
8. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come
9. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you
most likely turned your back on the world.
10. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
11. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude
12. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much
better when they know and you'll both be happy.
13. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they
Send this letter to all the people you care about, if you do so, you will
certainly brighten someone's day and might change their perspective on
life...for the better.
To everyone I sent this to "Thanks for your time"