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When Someone Needs You—Stay

Holidays roll around and we all starting looking for that perfect gift for our loved ones. And that is nice. But, I began to think about all the other days. What was the best gift I could give those that I love. You all have probably seen me post this quote before of mine:

And it is true. Those that love us will be there for us and not run away when things get tough. So, thinking along this line, I read this email story and thought….wow…how many of us are willing to be there for someone we do not even know? If you want to find your joy, begin to be there for others, to give of yourself…whether you know the person or not.

Here is the email story. Whether it is true or not, it illustrates something that is very important and that is….How much are we willing to get involved?…How much are we will to to help someone else?…..Even someone we do not know.

“A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened. 

 Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement. 

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused.

 Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night. 

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand that he had been holding and went to tell the nurse.  While she did what she had to do, he waited. Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.  “Who was that man?” he asked.  The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered. “No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”  The nurse replied in shock. “Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”  The Marine said “I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his  son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.”

“I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His Son was Killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s Name?”  The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered, “Mr. William Grey………….”

The moral of this story is:

  “The next time someone needs you … just be there. Stay.”

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This story reminded me of visits to the nursing home and coming across people who had no family and yet they talked about their children all the time. There were many times that people thought I was their daughter and would ask me did I get the dress they sent or where had I been the past week….when in reality no one had showed up to see them in a year or more. And I let them think I was their daughter and held their hand and hugged them and just sat with them. And, when I left, you could see the dreamy smile of someone who felt loved.

“Every day you have the opportunity to learn and experience some-thing and some-one new. Seize the opportunity. Learn and experience everything you can, and use it to change the world.”

Rodney Williams

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Every day, you run into someone you have never seen before and you can say or do something to affect their lives in a positive way. And yet many people, keep their heads down or turn away because they do not want to be involved.  We are only here a short time on this world.



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  1. Thank you for sharing this.

    Comment by The Other Side of Ugly - Letters to Humanity | January 11, 2014 | Reply

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