I am a 55 year old, father of two boys and have been happily married for 25 years. I have been a Physical Education teacher and coach for 33 years and have loved EVERY minute of it. I enjoy making people laugh and feel good about themselves. It's fun collecting inspiring and heartwarming stories.from people. So, if you have a good story...let me know! I hope you enjoy my page!! :)
Everyone is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.
One of the things that I really enjoy finding, are the interesting and creative ways that parents teach their children the importance of learning life lessons. Such is the case of the following letter that was left by our friend, the Tooth Fairy, tot his little girl….
“My Dearest Emily,
I came by tonight to retrieve your tooth and leave your payment – however, because of the condition of your bedroom, I had a horrible time even getting to your bed safely. Once there, I was unable to locate the tooth pillow due to the amount of pillows, blankets, and bodies in your bed.
I will have to come by on a different night – perhaps you can take the time between now and then to properly clean and organize your room. I bet if you ask your mother NICELY, she will even help you do it.
The Love Ladder of China, an incredible love story has come out of China a few years ago and managed to touch the world. Here is the story as told by Pearly of Penang, Malaysia.
It is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other in peace for over half a century. Over 50 years ago, Liu, a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu. At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman. To avoid the market gossip, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing area.
In the beginning, they had nothing, no electricity or even food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives. In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.
Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly couple and the over 6,000 hand-carved steps. The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until last week. Liu, now 72 years, returned from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife’s hand even after he had passed away.
In 2006, their story had become one of the top 10 love stories from China, collected by the Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.
Wow! What a great story of love and dedication that a couple had to each other despite the fact that the couple was so poor. This story demonstrates to us the fact the happiness and love is not found in things but found in actions. So, what are you willing to do for your significant other today?
Anxiety. Every person in the world has it and has to deal with it on a daily basis. Whether it is big or small, everyone has something that they worry about or are fearful of. There are different kinds of anxiety…there is good anxiety (such as an athlete getting ready to play in a game) or bad, chronic anxiety (worrying about things that a person had no control over or can’t do anything about). Bad anxiety or stress can become very detrimental and harmful to a person if it raises to unhealthy levels.
I recently read an article written by Jacklyn Krol on “Thought Catalog” that I thought would be good to share with you. Since I have dealt with anxiety attacks and raised anxiety levels in the past, articles like this have really helped me deal with my stress levels in more effective ways. The thing that has helped me deal my anxiety is understanding what can cause it and what I can do to help lessen its affect.
Another thing, and the purpose of this article, is helping other people, who are dealing with anxiety. What are things that you can say to help comfort them and calm them down> You are about to find out…
1. “It will end.”
Whenever I have an attack, I immediately go into the mindset that this will never end, this is hell. During an attack, a second feels like an hour. The only words I can use to explain the feeling is like you’re going to die because your body is on overdrive trying to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it. Any time I get sick, it reminds me of the dark place where I was before treatment, medication, and doctors — nowhere near a functioning state of life. It may seem awfully obvious to tell us that this specific anxiety attack is going to end, but sometimes you need that external reminder that yeah, this feeling will pass as it always does.
2. “You can get through this.”
When you get sick, it feels hopeless and never-ending. I have never felt strong enough to survive an attack without becoming depressed or even sicker after. In my first article with Thought Catalog, I mentioned the startling fact that every hour at least one person goes to the ER for a panic attack. This hellish place we’re in feels like we’re fighting a hopeless fight against ourselves and our own bodies. Believing in people can go a long way, telling the person you believe in them can go even farther. Knowing that someone else is there for us can often be the little bit of strength that we need to get through.
3. A reminder to breathe.
I normally forget to breathe, or breathe less when I’m having an anxiety attack. Usually good slow and steady breaths help get our bodies to make it through without passing or blacking out. It’s a good reminder that you’re in the moment and alive. It also lets me think that I can breathe and I am alive and that other people aren’t breathing and don’t get to live as long as a life as myself. Tell us this and our lungs will thank you.
4. “Do you need anything?”
Most of the time during an anxiety attack, people are often weak, dizzy, and sometimes become sick to their stomachs. Having a drink or protein bar usually helps. Pillows also are great to cling onto and the person may need medication. Simply asking someone if they need anything is more than a kind gesture — it’s helpful when we can’t control our own bodies enough to get what we need ourselves.
5. “You’re strong.”
Because today’s society taught me that anxiety is nothing and a wimp can get through it, I often feel my lowest when I have an attack. I sometimes feel stupid and weak for even feeling sick because “it’s just anxiety”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to give up and not fight this anymore, believing in a person can do more than you’ve ever dreamed of. Thank you for not letting us give up.
6. Offering a hand to hold or a hug.
You do not know the power of a hug or holding a hand until you’ve had this disorder. The simple act of human touch can mentally bring us into a safer place and help us by physically feeling that we’re not alone. It brings us into the here and now when we’re in a scary place. When having an attack alone my one wish is to have someone to hug or hold my hand. Thank you for being there with us.
Watch these BASE jumpers as they attempt to jump off the pinnacle of the tallest and highest building in the world. Daredevils have parachuted off the Burj Khalifa before, but not like this – the tip-top of the spire. You HAVE to check out this wild and crazy event…it will take your breath away!!!
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, First Chief Justice John Jay
Names synonymous with the spirit of our country, the founding fathers of the U.S.A.
Over 200 years ago they shook off the chains of tyranny from Great Britain by divine call. Citing 27 biblical violations they wrote the Declaration of Independence “with liberty and justice for all.”
But something happened since Jefferson called the Bible the cornerstone for American liberty then put it in our schools as a light. Or since “Give me liberty, or give me death,” Patrick Henry said, “Our country was founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
We eliminated God from the equation of American life thus eliminating the reason this nation first began…from beyond the grave I hear the voices of our founding fathers plead “We need God in America again.”
Of the 55 men who formed the Constitution, fifty-two were active members of their church. Founding fathers like Noah Webster who wrote the first dictionary, could literally quote the Bible chapter and verse. James Madison said, “We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all our heart.” These men believed you couldn’t even call yourself an American if you subverted the Word of God.
In his farewell address, Washington said, “You can’t have national morality apart from religious principle,” and it’s true ‘Cause right now we have nearly 150,000 kids carrying guns to these war zones we call public schools.
In the ’40’s and ’50’s student problems were chewing gum and talking…in the ’90’s, rape and murder are the trend. The only way this nation can even hope to last this decade Is put God in America again
The only hope for America is Jesus. The only hope for our country is Him. If we repent of our ways stand firm and say, “We need God in America again!”
Abe Lincoln said, “The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government of the next.” So, when you eliminate the Word of God from the classroom and politics, you eliminate the nation that Word protects
America is now number one in teen pregnancy and violent crime. It’s number one in illiteracy, drug use, and divorce. Everyday a new holocaust of 5,000 unborn die, while pornography floods our streets like open sewers. America’s dead and dying hand is on the threshold of the Church. While the spirit of Sodom and Gomorrah vex us all. When it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it…it’s a sign that the judgment of God is going to fall.
If there’s ever been a time to rise up Church, it’s now. And as the blood bought saints of the living God proclaim, it’s time to sound the alarm from the Church house to the White House and say, “We want God in America again”
I believe it’s time for America to stand up and proclaim that “one nation under God” is our demand and send this evil lifestyle back to Satan where it came from and let the Word of God revive our dying land.
Jesus Christ is coming back again in all His glory and every eye shall see Him on that day. That’s why a new anointing of God’s power’s coming on us to boldly tell the world “you must be saved.”
Because astrology won’t save you, your horoscope won’t save you the Bible says these things are all a farce if you’re born again, you don’t need to look to the stars for your answers ’cause you can look to the very One who made those stars!
History tells us time and time again, to live like there’s no God makes you a fool. If you want to see kids live right, stop handing out condoms and start handing out the Word of God in schools.
How many of us would like to receive free money? $1,000? $100? 20? Money is a valuable thing in the world today. There are times that money can also teach us important life lessons. Just like money has value, so do people…as the following story will demonstrate…
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 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 the dollar bill up.
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 all crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you 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 $20.
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. You are special – Don’t ever forget it!
Warning labels are an important part of products that we buy and use. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cases in which companies must think that people are…well…stupid. The following list proves how silly these warning labels can be…
“Do not use if you cannot see clearly to read the information in the information booklet.” — In the information booklet.
“Caution: The contents of this bottle should not be fed to fish.” — On a bottle of shampoo for dogs.
“For external use only!” — On a curling iron.
“Warning: This product can burn eyes.” — On a curling iron.
“Do not use in shower.” — On a hair dryer.
“Do not use while sleeping.” — On a hair dryer.
“Do not use while sleeping or unconscious.” — On a hand-held massaging device.
“Do not place this product into any electronic equipment.” — On the case of a chocolate CD in a gift basket.
“Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking.” — On a toilet at a public sports facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“This product not intended for use as a dental drill.” — On an electric rotary tool.
“Caution: Do not spray in eyes.” — On a container of underarm deodorant.
“Do not drive with sunshield in place.” — On a cardboard sunshield that keeps the sun off the dashboard.
“Caution: This is not a safety protective device.” — On a plastic toy helmet used as a container for popcorn.
“Do not use near fire, flame, or sparks.” — On an “Aim-n-Flame” fireplace lighter.
“Not intended for highway use.” — On a 13-inch wheel on a wheelbarrow.
“This product is not to be used in bathrooms.” — On a Holmes bathroom heater.
“May irritate eyes.” — On a can of self-defense pepper spray.
“Eating rocks may lead to broken teeth.” — On a novelty rock garden set called “Popcorn Rock.”
“Caution! Contents hot!” — On a Domino’s Pizza box.
“Caution: Hot beverages are hot!” — On a coffee cup.
“Caution: Shoots rubber bands.” — On a product called “Rubber Band Shooter.”
“Warning: May contain small parts.” — On a Frisbee.
“Do not use orally.” — On a toilet bowl cleaning brush.
“Please keep out of children.” — On a butcher knife.
“For use by trained personnel only.” — On a can of air freshener.
“Do not use as ear plugs.” — On a package of silly putty.
“Please store in the cold section of the refrigerator.” — On a bag of fresh grapes in Australia.
“Warning: knives are sharp!” — On the packaging of a sharpening stone.
“Not for weight control.” — On a pack of Breath Savers.
“Twist top off with hands. Throw top away. Do not put top in mouth.” — On the label of a bottled drink.
“Theft of this container is a crime.” — On a milk crate.
“Do not use intimately.” — On a tube of deodorant.
“Warning: has been found to cause cancer in laboratory mice.” — On a box of rat poison.
“Fragile. Do not drop.” — Posted on a Boeing 757.
“Cannot be made non-poisonous.” — On the back of a can of de-icing windshield fluid.
“Caution: Remove infant before folding for storage.” — On a portable stroller.
“Excessive dust may be irritating to shin and eyes.” — On a tube of agarose powder, used to make gels.
“Look before driving.” — On the dash board of a mail truck.
“Do not iron clothes on body.” — On packaging for a Rowenta iron.
“Do not drive car or operate machinery.” — On Boot’s children’s cough medicine.
“For indoor or outdoor use only.” — On a string of Christmas lights.
“Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.” — On a child sized Superman costume.
“This door is alarmed from 7:00pm – 7:00am.” — On a hospital’s outside access door.
“Beware! To touch these wires is instant death. Anyone found doing so will be prosecuted.” — On a sign at a railroad station.
“Warning: do not use if you have prostate problems.” — On a box of Midol PMS relief tablets.
“Product will be hot after heating.” — On a supermarket dessert box.
“Do not turn upside down.” — On the bottom of a supermarket dessert box.
“Do not light in face. Do not expose to flame.” — On a lighter.
“Choking hazard: This toy is a small ball.” — On the label for a cheap rubber ball toy.
“Not for human consumption.” — On a package of dice.
“May be harmful if swallowed.” — On a shipment of hammers.
“Using Ingenio cookware to destroy your old pots may void your warranty.” — A printed message that appears in a television advertisement when the presenter demonstrates how strong the cookware is by using it to beat up and destroy a regular frying pan.
“Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand.” — In the manual for a Swedish chainsaw.
“Do not dangle the mouse by its cable or throw the mouse at co-workers.” — From a manual for an SGI computer.
“Warning: May contain nuts.” — On a package of peanuts.
“Do not eat.” — On a slip of paper in a stereo box, referring to the styrofoam packing.
“Do not eat if seal is missing.” — On said seal.
“Remove occupants from the stroller before folding it.”
“Access hole only — not intended for use in lifting box.” — On the sides of a shipping carton, just above cut-out openings which one would assume were handholds.
“Warning: May cause drowsiness.” — On a bottle of Nytol, a brand of sleeping pills.
“Warning: Misuse may cause injury or death.” — Stamped on the metal barrel of a .22 calibre rifle.
“Do not use orally after using rectally.” — In the instructions for an electric thermometer.
“Turn off motor before using this product.” — On the packaging for a chain saw file, used to sharpen the cutting teeth on the chain.
“Not to be used as a personal flotation device.” — On a 6×10 inch inflatable picture frame.
“Do not put in mouth.” — On a box of bottle rockets.
“Remove plastic before eating.” — On the wrapper of a Fruit Roll-Up snack.
“Not dishwasher safe.” — On a remote control for a TV.
“For lifting purposes only.” — On the box for a car jack.
“Do not put lit candles on phone.” — On the instructions for a cordless phone.
“Warning! This is not underwear! Do not attempt to put in pants.” — On the packaging for a wristwatch.