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You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I wanted to share a story I read in a commissary magazine, concerning how we look at people without seeing them. This was actually a letter written about an event in a ladies day that made her stop and smell the roses.
She was having an awful. Everything that could go wrong did. The kids had to be in three different places after school, and she had forgotten it was her day to bring snacks to soccer practice. She decided to run into the commissary and quickly purchase snacks. There was an elderly man in front of her blocking her way for quite a while. Just as she was about to storm around him with a few choice words, she noticed the man was crying. Concerned now she asked if she could help in some way. He was standing there staring at the soaps. He said I can't remember my wife's brand of soap. The lady said no problem, we will call your wife on my cell phone and ask her. The gentleman said you don't understand, my wife died three months ago and I can't smell her anymore. I just want to remember her smell. After I got done crying I decided to be more patient with people, because you never know what is going on in someone's life
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    Thanks for sharing that, I had my laugh on some one elses blog and now on I have had my cry for the day as well!
    4077 days ago
    What a great story to share. In this society we are all in such a hurry and we have definitely turned in to a society of what is in it for me. This reminds us all of the old days when this world was a much kinder and gentler place.
    4078 days ago
    Yep that is a good story and a reminder to think and to really care, something in our hurried life we forget. Thank you
    4078 days ago
    I work with special ed students in our school district and hate hearing people talk about what they "think" is the problem with "these kids". When you get to know them and they share their personal stories, you find out that there is a much bigger picture than the one we see at school every day.

    Thank you for the story you shared with me/us. emoticon
    4078 days ago
    Good reminder. Right now I wish I KNEW how to apply it to myself and my daughter. She is so bossy and treats me like I don't have a brain. I said something about it and it got turned around and it is my fault,I'm so touchy. She NEVER does anything wrong and everybody else is dumber than a doorknob. She is living with us looking for an apartment and it can't be soon enough. Sorry, I just had to rant.
    4078 days ago
    I read this while I was talking to my Sister on the phone and as I read it aloud to her I started bawling. What a touching story. Thank you for sharing.
    4078 days ago

    I really love this being brought to peoples attention. I live in a town where rudeness is running rampant. I have come to a place in my life where I have ZERO tolerance for rude!! I understand that folks do have bad days, but that is no reason to go around and make sure everyone else has a bad one too!! I tell people about it. I just look them right in the eye and say, "May I ask you what YOU THINK gives you the right to treat me this way?" When you put it in a question form, like that, it makes them stop and think, as they have to answer you....I think it is high time we speak up and correct the behavior, right then, because if we don't the next person they talk to may very well receive the same ill treatment!! Life really is too short to allow anyone to hurt you and just dance merrily on down the road to hurt someone else!! LOVE & HUGS, LaceEjo11 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4078 days ago
  • MARY526
    That is very true. Unfortunately we tend to get caught up in ourselves and don't take the time to see what others are dealing with.
    4078 days ago
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    Thanks for the reminder. emoticon
    4078 days ago
    So very true
    4079 days ago
    we all need to practice more compassion towards each other. it's a sad world out there but with a little love...there's hope for everyone. thanks for the blog.

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    4079 days ago

    This brought tears to my eyes, too. We really don't know what other people are going thru.We need to show compassion and patience To our fellow man/woman to give others a soft place to fall. Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    4079 days ago
    I fully agree. I make a practice of being kind to everyone I meet, especially people who are often the recipient of deflected frustration, like grocery clerks. More often than not, my smile and asking how THEY are makes their days. There is always an unseen rippling effect on how we treat and respond to one another, beyond the moment: the frustration or patience they take home to their own family and pets. This is a lovely story I've not heard before. Thank you.
    4079 days ago
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    Look around today and see if you can be a soft place for a hurting person before they snap....

    4079 days ago
    This brought tears to my eyes, How beautiful, and it sure makes you think.
    4079 days ago
    So true!
    4079 days ago
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