Encouraging Quotes of Gratitude and Thanksgiving

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Photo Credit: Hey Paul Studios via CC Flickr

I have always felt that the one thing in the world that make people truly the happiest, is when they do and give things to other people. How many times that you remember, have you felt really good about yourself, when you have helped someone? Said an encouraging word? Giving thanks for everything that you have?….or maybe just a small thing? Gratitude and Thanksgiving…both words go hand together…or like Forest Gump would say, “Like peas and carrots.”

I decided to find some inspiring quotes from all kinds of people, to hopefully, encourage you, enlighten your soul, or inspire you to say “thank you” or help someone today. Make it a goal of yours to show gratitude and compassion to at least one person every day!

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“There is joy without gratitude” ~ Brene Brown

“At times our own flame goes out, and is rekindled by a spark from another person… Each of us had cause to think, with great gratitude, of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” ~ Karl Barth

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them>” ~ John F. Kennedy

“When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” ~ Unknown (one of my favorites though 🙂

“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more>”  Oprah Winfrey

“Nothing os more honored than a grateful heart.” ~ Seneca

“Gratitude and Thanksgiving is more than an attitude, it’s a lifestyle.” ~ Jenni Mullnix

“If the only prayer you ever say is “Thank You”, that would be enough.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” ~ Unknown

“I’m thankful for every moment.” ~ Al Green

“No one has ever become poor from giving.” ~ Maya Angelou

“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” ~ Charlie Brown


A Final Thanksgiving Poem Just For You!!

May you stuffing be tasty

May your turkey be plump

May your potatoes and gravy

Have nary a lump

 

May your yams be delicious

And your pies take the prize

And may your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off your thighs!

~ Unknown

One of Life’s Highest Honors

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Photo Credit: Thomas Leuthard via CC Flickr

It was once said that the reason that humans are put into this world is to help and encourage others. Think about it. What makes you the happiest? When you are receiving something or getting something?

 The most important things in life aren’t the things that you can see…like money, houses, boats, clothes, etc. The things in life that REALLY matter and have infinite meaning to people, are the things that are priceless and unseen such as kindness, love, thoughtfulness, etc….ways that you TREAT others.

 Today’s short story is a great example of the ULTIMATE way that a person can repay someone with kindness and goodness.


A son took his father to a restaurant for an evening dinner.

The father, being very old and weak, while he was eating, dropped food and his shirt and pants. Other diners watched him in disgust and revulsion while his son was calm and enjoyed hit time with his dad.

After they were finished eating, the son, who wasn’t embarrassed at all, quietly took his father to the washroom, wiped off the food particles, removed the stains, combed his hair and fitted his glasses firmly. When they came back out, the entire restaurant was watching them in dead silence, not able to grasp how someone could embarrass themselves publicly like that.

The son settled the bill and started leaving with his father.

At that time, an old man sitting among the diners called out to the son and asked him, “Don’t you think that you have left something behind?”

The son replied, “No sir, I haven’t.”

The old man retorted, “Yes, you have! You have left a lesson for every son…and hope for every father.”

The restaurant was silent.

To care for those who once cared for us, is one of life’s highest honors!

Pictures That Speak Volumes #75

Emil Leonardi Sirra Leone 2010

The Lesson of the Black Spot

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Sometimes, simple illustrations teach us simple but important life lessons…..

One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor handed out the question paper, with the text facing down as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the page and begin. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions….just a black dot in the center of the page. The professor seeing the expression on everyone’s face, told them the following:

“I want you to write what you see there.”

The students confused, got started on the inexplicable task.

At the end of the class, the professor took all the answer papers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them with no exceptions, described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. etc. etc. After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor began to explain:

“I am not going to grade on you this, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives. We have a white paper to observe and enjoy, but we always focus on the dark spots. Our life is a gift given to us by God, with love and care, and we always have reasons to celebrate – nature renewing itself everyday, our friends around us, the job that provides our livelihood, the miracles we see everyday…….

However we insist on focusing only on the dark spots – the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment with a friend etc

The dark spots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds.

Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you.

Be happy and live a life positively!

 

Hey Coach

Photo Credit: Lesley Show via CC Flickr
Photo Credit: Lesley Show via CC Flickr

I have been a coach of many sports on all levels for 30 years. For most o those years, I coached three sports a season in a row. People used to ask me, “how can you do that?” “How do you find the energy to be able to coach so much? spend so much time with players and not get tired of it?”

Well, world famous author, Mark Twain, once said this, “If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life.”  This quote is one of my favorite of all time because it is so true. I have truly enjoyed every season that I have coached my players.

Besides the joys of victory and the agony of defeat of the games on the field, it’s the everyday coaching, teaching, and building relationships with people on a daily basis, that makes the job so rewarding. There is nothing that means more to me than when a player (or parent) tells you how much they learned the sport, enjoyed their experience, or other things that may have touched their lives.

I recently came across the following “Letter to a Coach” on FaceBook that I thought would give you a glimpse of what players sometimes say to a coach and illustrate why the profession of coaching is so fulfilling. 

~ Coach Muller


Since I have graduated high school there is one phrase that I miss saying more than I ever thought I would. “Hey Coach” left my lips at least once a day. Anyone who has  ever had a coach knows just how important they are. I’m sure everyone will say that their coach is the best. But this post is not about the coaches you’ve had. This is about mine. If I wrote just how much one person has changed my life, this post would be unreasonably long. But it is crazy to me that one person can do so much.

What makes a good coach? Well, don’t ask me! I’m a little too picky, grumpy, and “my way or the highway”.

What makes a good coach? My coach.  My coach has pushed me to success, and pushed me to tears. My coach has been a parent figure when times got tough, my best friend when we could celebrate our wins, and a shoulder to literally cry on. When we succeeded my coach succeeded. When we failed we knew we let coach down.  But that never stopped coach from loving us.

What makes a good coach? Compassion. I never doubted the love coach had for me. Not one day went by without my coach showing, or telling me how much I was appreciated.

What makes a good coach? Coaches leave their family, and dedicate their time to the people and the sport they love, even if sometimes it doesn’t feel worth it. Missing vacations, birthdays, and so much more, to give their time and love to us, even when we are ungrateful.

What makes a good coach? Everything my coach was, and everything I will be because of it.  One single person can change your life. And I know my coach changed my life for the best.

I’m trying to be like my coach. Hard, yet soft, harsh but loving, a rock, a shoulder to cry on.

I don’t know how to even thank someone, who has done what they have done for me. I know I will never be able to repay coach for the things done.

If you had a coach who changed you, please, go thank them. If you have a coach now. Go now,and thank them.

You don’t know how much they sacrifice for you, and for your team.  I love you coach. I love you for pushing me, I love you for accepting me, I love you for caring about me without fail. I love you for still caring even when new team mates have taken my place. I love you for being you.

Thank you.

Are You REALLY Thankful?

Photo Credit: Peasap via CC Flickr
Photo Credit: Peasap via CC Flickr

Every once in a while, I come across a short story or illustration that reminds me of things that I may have forgotten…such was the case when I found this brief tale. It made me remember really how fortunate that I am and how important it is to always give thanks and be thankful!

I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels.

My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ‘This Is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are Received.’

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, ‘This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.’

I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the Door of a very small station To my great surprise, only one angel was Seated there, idly doing nothing.

‘This is the Acknowledgment Section,’ My angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed ‘How Is it that there is no work going on here?’ I asked.

‘So sad,’ the angel sighed. ‘After people receive the blessings that they asked For, very few send back acknowledgments .’

‘How does one acknowledge God’s blessings?’ I asked.

‘Simple,’ the angel answered. Just say, ‘Thank you, Lord.’

‘What blessings should they acknowledge? ‘ I asked..

‘If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy .’

‘And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity. ‘

Also ‘ If you woke up this morning with more health than illness … You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day .’

‘If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation .. You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.’ ;

‘If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people In the world .’

‘If your parents are still alive and still married …you are very rare .’

‘If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair.’

Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

Remember to always be thankful…and GIVE thanks!

The “Power of Words Award”

Power of Words Award

I am very humbled and honored to accept the nomination for the new blog award, the “Power of Words Award.” “Good Time Stories” was been nominated by my awesome blogger and friend, Dr. Rex, author of her web page. “It Is What It Is.

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This new blog award was created by a fellow blogger, “The Idealistic Rebel

 ~~IN HER OWN WORDS~~ 

I have designed this award because so many feel they can’t change the world. They can. You can. Your words, your blog can educate, raise awareness, change opinions and raise spirits. Through your blog you are reaching people you may never have effected any other way.

So this is for all who click away on the computer with a heart full of love, kindness, compassion and caring. For all of you who write to correct wrongs and injustices. For all of you who work to bring light into our world and hope to people’s lives. You are all heroes in my book.

Please accept this heart-felt award and pass it on to those in your WordPress family who deserve it. Let’s keep it going for the entire year. May it inspire all with light, words, and love for the human family.

You all know how much I hate rules, so please just

*post the award on your blog*

*thank the person who gave it to you*

*pass it on to those whom you deem worthy*

*let your nominees know*

THERE ARE REALLY NO RULES

JUST REMEMBER: OUR WORDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

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I’m fully aware that some of you do not accept awards and that is fine. I just want to recognize that, from my vantage point, the work that you do is beyond compare and truly makes a difference in our world. Your work also motivates me to continue trying from my little corner in cyberspace. 

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My Nominations for the “Power of Words Award”

Hairball Express

A New Perspective Perhaps

Black Butterfly 7

Old Mainer

How You Feeling?

The “Butterfly Light Award”

The "Butterfly Light Award"
The “Butterfly Light Award”

My Acceptance
I would like to take this time to thank my buddy, Xena (aka “Blackbutterfly7”) for nominating me for the “Butterfly Light Award” which was created by Belinda, the publisher of her blog, “Idiot Writing” I hereby accept this award and want to say that I am both thrilled and honored to be considered for this prize.

I would like to take this time to encourage all of you to visit her site, “Blackbutterfly7” if you want to enjoy some good intellectual and thought-provoking stories. The material she presents is a testament of a person who will fight for the injustices that some people experience and who gives us enlightening information about events that are unknown to many people in the world around us.
Thanks again Xena! I will you all the best in the days to come.

The Rules
You must write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. YOU MAY NOT lump this award in with other awards.
You must individually name and re-award at least 1 or more bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback on their about page.
You must link back to Belinda’s blog.
You must write a short paragraph titled either “How I’m Spreading Light” OR “How I’m A Positive Influence”
Display Belinda’s beautiful “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog.

How Am I A Positive Influence?
I believe that I am a positive influence on people’s lives because simply, how I live my life. I have always been a very positive person throughout my life who really enjoys being kind to people while encouraging them not only with my words but with my actions. This is one big reason why I decided to begin my blog, “Good Time Stories”: to share heartwarming, motivating and encouraging stories with others. There is nothing that makes me feel better each day than when I do something for someone then watching them smile and say thank you. It makes everything worth it!

My Nominations
I know that I only have to nominate one fellow blogger for this award but I am going to do a few more than that. This has got to be one of the hardest things to do because I don’t want to offend anyone but without further ado, here are my nominations….

“Knitting with Heart”
“Homeschool Crafts
“Courage Times Three”
“Toni Andrukatis
“Belsbror”
“A View From Under the Prep-Room Table”

What do these Numbers Represent?

There are three numbers that I would like to share with you…just for fun…try and guess what they all have in common.

500

1,300

100,000

Photo Credit" Anthony Cramp via CC Flickr
Photo Credit” Anthony Cramp via CC Flickr

CONGRATULATIONS! If you guessed the following answers…you WIN! (even of you didn’t it’s fun anyway 🙂

500….this is my 500th post! This s simply unbelieveable to me. I NEVER thought that I would find this much    material. The great thing is…I still have A LOT more stories and other things to share!

1,300….This is the numbers of followers who are following my blog! I am very honored and thankful for all of you!

100,000…this is the number of visitors that I have had visit “Good Time Stories.”

I would like to thank you all so very much for all of your support, following and words of encouragement over the past year or so. It makes me feel good knowing that so many people enjoy my blog. I hope that I can continue to post good inspiring, motivation, funny, and heartwarming stories. I have been blessed and for that…I thank you!

Photo Credit" Sarah Ackerman via CC Flickr
Photo Credit” Sarah Ackerman via CC Flickr

The Boy With A Golden Heart

What would you buy if you found a random $20 bill in a parking lot? One 8-year-old from Ohio bought a lifetime of inspiration for hundreds of thousands of people and one soldier in particular. You have to see what he does. This boy was raised the right way! God bless him and our military and their families.
By the way…you may want to have a box of tissues nearby.
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Source: komando.com

The People That Make a Difference.

Photo Credit: Ed Bierman
Photo Credit: Ed Bierman

Throughout our lives, we can probably all remember a person or a few people, who have influenced our life in a certain way. Whether they touched our life in a positive or negative fashion, these people will never be forgotten.

In today’s world we have a tendency to focus on the THINGS that are happening in the world around us: news, work, local or world events, etc. and we forget to remember the good things in life.

I recently found this interesting little quiz on indianchild.com that I think many of you will find very interesting and inspiring.

So, without further delay, take a minute or so and take the following quiz and then see how you do. It may very well be an eye opener.

Enjoy!

Take this quiz:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are
no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel, appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you. Easier?

The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care and love you. Take some time today to go out of your way and thank those people who have made a difference in your life.

One Year Already?

Photo Credit: priyanphoenix via Flickr
Photo Credit: priyanphoenix via Flickr

I find it really hard to believe that today, February 23, marks the one year anniversary of my blog “Good Time Stories.” Needless to say, time has gone very fast, like a blink of the eye. Time certainly does fly when you are having fun!

When I first started this blog, I wondered to myself, how am I ever going to find enough material to keep my blog page running…especially for a whole year. Well, here it is, one year and 421 posts later…and I have yet to find an end to the heartwarming stories and interesting pictures that I have found in the hopes of making people feel a little better about themselves and make their days a little brighter.

It has been my honor and privilege to serve you. It is my hope and prayer that I will be able to continue posting things that will bring a smile to your face, a song to your heart, and a blessing to your soul!

Once again…a heart-felt THANK YOU!

The Peace and Justice Award

The Peace and Justice Award
The Peace and Justice Award

I want to take this time to thank my buddy and fellow coach, Shaun @http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com for nominating me for “The Peace and Justice Award.”  It is my honor and pride to accept this nomination from such a terrific fellow blogger and coach. Shaub is a good man and I would like to encourage everyone to visit his blog page…I am sure that you will really enjoy it!

According to the founder of this award, Idealistic Rebel @ http://idealisticrebel.wordpress.com/ she explains the award in her own words:

“I am creating this award to honor WordPress bloggers who support Peace and Justice throughout the world and who are against Racism, Bigotry, Anger and Hatred. It is the for the Heroes and the Sheroes who believe in One World and All People of all Races, Sexes, Religions, Creeds and Cultures Living in Harmony.

Here are the rules for the award:

1.Recipients should frequently write about Peace, Justice, Love — the goodness in the world, or   putting goodness in the world.
2.Recipients may also frequently call attention to the bigotry or racism that happens in the world.
3.Link back to whomever nominated you and, since this is about goodness, politely thank them.
4.Spread the love to whomever and however many you believe deserve it!

Here are a few of my nominations:

  1. Davida Nature Photography
  2. The Kindness Blog
  3. The Always Believer
  4. Ajaytao 2010
  5. Divine Inspirations
  6. Single Motherhood in the South
  7. Endless Light and Love

Outta This World!!

Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Flickr
Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Flickr

I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has visited my blog page over the past 10 months. It is hard to believe that I have had over 63,000 visitors and now have surpassed 900 followers.

I never, in my wildest dreams, would have ever thought that so many people would visit my page, let alone follow my blog. That’s why I want to say to everyone…THANK YOU! I am deeply humbled and touched.

It is my desire that I can continue to find heartwarming and encouraging stories, pictures, and whatever else I can find…to make people smile, laugh and feel good about themselves. It is also my hope that people will share the stories that they read, to their friends and other people that they may know.

Thank you again my dear friends! I look forward to continuing my commitment to share Good Time Stories!

The Superstar Blogger Award

The Superstar Blogger Award
The Superstar Blogger Award

I am very humbled and honored to accept the “Superstar Blogger Award” from my dear friend at “The Always Believer” She has a tremendous page that I would strongly encourage everyone to visit. It is filled with very stories, news, quotes, pictures and other goodies that will uplift your spirits and enlighten you every day!!

I am always amazed by how many times I am nominated for awards. When I first started this blog last spring, I never imagined that I would ever receive even one award. While receiving awards are nice, my main focus each time I post something is to try to find things that will inspire, motivate or warm someone’s heart and make their life just a little bit sweeter.

The rules are almost the same with the other awards. Just answer her set of questions and that’s it!

  1. What is the funniest thing about you? – I have an uncanny ability to say things that mean one thing when I actually mean something else. Sort of like Yogi Berra. My buddies at work made a FaceBook page with all of them. It’s called “Dick Muller”. Need some laughs? Check it out…THEN you’ll understand what I mean!
  2. Who is your favorite personality? – Since I am a coach, my favorite all-time coach is Bobby Knight. He was a total jerk but demanded that his players gave him 110% on the basketball court. He was well respected and a master at his trade. My favorite personality as an athlete is Lou Gehrig and my favorite personality in my everyday life is Curly…from the Three Stooges….simply one of the funniest guys ever!
  3. What is your lucky thing? – I really don’t have anything that I consider my “lucky thing” but if I had to chose one thing…it would probably be wrist bands when I play softball.
  4. What is your favorite weather? – Storms. I grew up on the beach and I used to love watching storms come in from the ocean. Watching the sea and waves get rough then scanning the sand after storms for “hidden treasure” are experiences that I will NEVER forget!
  5. A name that you want to give me. – Friend!

It’s now time for my nominations for this award. I could easily go on and post a fe pages of wonderful blog pages that I think tat you would enjoy…unfortunately, I can’t list them all…so here are a few of my favorite. Please take some time to visit them…it will be well worth your time!!

My nominations….

A Daily Thought

Echoes of the Past

Close to Eighty

Joy of Nine9

Kindness Blog

A Place Called Love

Pastor Mike Says

JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project

Tell Me About It

Playing Your Hand Right

Heavenly Raindrops

Relationship Reinvented

There are so many other sites that I would love to nominate but I don’t have the time or space. Congratulations all my friends…you deserve it!!

The Lighthouse Award

The Lighthouse AwardI decided to make an award to recognize the people who have created beautiful, heartwarming, and inspirational blogs. Their blogs bring us happiness, enlighten our hearts, and bring a little joy to our lives when we visit their pages. The work that these people have done has truly given us rays of light in a gloomy world.

Here are the rules:

  1. Display the Award certificate on your blog.
  2. Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
  3. Inform your nominees of their award nominations
  4. Share three ways that you like to help other people.
  5. There is no limit to the number of people that you can nominate.
  6.  HAVE FUN!!!

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Three ways I like to help other people:

  1. Hold a door open for someone.
  2. Pay for the food of a person behind me in a supermarket
  3. Send someone a card or an email just to say “thank you.”

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My Nominations: (I am sorry that I couldn’t fit everyone)

Belsbror

Cleodine Photography

Coco J. Ginger Says

The Sanctuary of My Heart

Prayingforoneday

Elaine’s Random Thoughts

The Always Believer

Thekindnessblog

Full Of Roses Inspirationals

Divine Inspirations

A Heartwarming Thanksgiving Story

beggar2A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.  He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.  He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.  That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.

The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning?  What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth.  I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling. And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Author: Unknown

A New Award!!

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpegWOW! I am truly honored and grateful for my friend at littlewritingsblog.wordpress.com for nominating my site for the “2013 Blog of the Year Award.” I would strongly suggest that you visit their blog page. It is chock-filled with inspiring, interesting and heartwarming articles that will make your day!!

I would also like to mention and nominate a few other friends of mine that have fabulous blog pages for this award.  If you have a moment, please take some time and visit their sites. At this time, I will now recognize the following sites…

Ajaytao 2010

Kindness Blog

 

JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project

Coco J. Ginger Says

Knitting with Heart

Stories by Williams


Please accept this award and pass it on to those you want. Just copy the award and place it on your page and post with a link back to the blogger who nominated you and inform those whom you’ve nominated to do the same.

Short Heartwarming Life Stories

Photo Credit: jdurham via morguefile.com
Photo Credit: jdurham via morguefile.com

There are times throughout our lives when we all experience situations that can touch our hearts, teach us lessons or remind us how precious our lives are. The following are some very short stories, collected from numerous people, that will warm your heart.

Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

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Today, someone else’s tragedy provided the miracle my family had prayed for. Thanks to this stranger, my dad will have a heart. It’s so odd to think that an accidental death just saved his life.

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Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and with the most sincere smiles said, “on 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

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Today, in downtown San Diego, I watched a blue collar Mexican get harassed for being Mexican. It was blatant act of discrimination. And the man actually started crying. As he left the office building, he took off his jacket. His t-shirt underneath read, “I love the USA!

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Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said that he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “we can share it.

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Today, after telling my grandmother that I didn’t want to risk making such a huge mistake, she looked at me and said, “looking back on it all, there are so many mistakes I wish I had had the courage to make when I was your age.

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Today, a 12 year old boy died in a house fire near my neighborhood. After he pulled his mom to safety, he ran back into the burning house for his 5 month old sister.

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Today, my blind friend explained to me in vivid detail how beautiful his new girlfriend is.

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Today, I was stopped at a traffic light when a middle aged homeless woman asked me for change. I usually don’t give out dollars to the homeless because I assume they are going to buy booze. But I gave her some money anyway. I saw her 45 minutes later at a 7-11 buying bread and peanut butter. She was happy to see me.

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Today at the Atlanta airport, as I walked off a plane dressed in my Army uniform, a little girl grabbed my hand and asked me if I would be going back overseas soon. I told her I would in 6 weeks. She smiled and said, Can you please tell my daddy that I love him? My mommy told me he’s never coming home from over there.

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Today, as soon as my 5 year old baby brother came into my room, I yelled at him to get out without even looking up at him. When he didn’t listen and I turned around to yell at him again, I noticed that he had a bowl of cherries (my favorite) in his hands. He said, Sorry, I just wanted to share these with you.

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Today, I stopped to chat with the office janitor like I do every Monday morning on my way into work. And at the end of our conversation he grinned and said, “you know, you’re the only one who ever stops to talk to me around here, and you’re the President and CEO.

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700 Followers!!!!

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Unbelievable! I just found out that my web site has now over 700 followers!! I would like to thank each one of you for your decision to be a follower of “Good Time Stories.” I am truly humbled and thankful. I never thought that I would EVER have any where near 700 people that would lie my page. It is my hope that I can be a continue to serve as many people that I can to bring happiness and joy to their life each day  🙂

WOW! Three REALLY is a Charm!

I have been a member of WordPress for only about 3 1/2 months now and it still amazes me how many people visit and appreciate my blog page…it is a very overwhelming and sober feeling to have had an opportunity to touch so many people. Now I am being nominated for these nice awards. I am SO happy that I can do this and hopefully, will continue to do it for a long time to come.

With all that being said, I would personally like to my friend Ajay of Ajaytao 2010 for showing me kindness, thoughtfulness and encouragement. I would like to ask you to visit his site if you want to be invigorated, uplifted and refreshed.

Thank you again for your nominations and friendship!!

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