3 Feel Good Stories / God did it with a nail video / Friendship Video / Poem ...

Hi There Folks.........

You know the feeling when everything you do goes wrong ...... well this is what happened to Myra... Everything she did that day went wrong and a lot of it was to do with modern technology. It's great when it works but when it doesn't she said to me ruefully...... argghh! She explained that earlier that day she'd been in charge of an athletics event for primary school children in a local sports centre.

She was looking forward to it. But when she got there, the office printer had broken, so she couldn't print out essential paperwork. With much running around, she managed to overcome that problem. Then she started the event ... and the PA system died. That was revived - but then the microphone souldn't work properly! So she improvised and managed to get through the day. The event went well, but she headed home exhausted and looking forward to an evening in front of the television after she'd got the children to bed. You guessed it - the satellite connection was down.

Furious, she reached for her phone to register her complaint. But then she stopped and took a deep breath. She made herself a cup of tea with two of her favourite biscuits, pulled her paperback from her handbag and switched off all the lights except for the reading lamp she needed. She then wrapped herself in a big fleecy blanket and lost herself in her book. What a lovely evening she had, she told me. Oh how we sometimes forget, in this modern world, the value of simple pleasures.

Some time ago a good friend was telling me about her father ......... who at that time had been dead for many years. She remembered that as a child the house they lived in was very cold - the bedroom she shared with her sister particularly so. Every night, her Dad would pop in to say 'goodnight' and put her light out. Every night he would tuck her bedcovers close into her back shutting out draughts.

She loved that, but she never ever said ' thank you' to him. He never knew how much she valued his thoughtfulness. So Eileen told me, every day she tries to remember to thank people for the small things.

I totally agree, so whether it's a long-standing friend or a complete stranger who offers you a small kindness a 'thank you' to them today for the small things is always remembered ......

I found this story recently on the net and have a feeling that most folk know or knew someone like this in their past ......... One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd. "I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes my heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.” He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!" There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.

As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!" He just laughed and handed me half the books. Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown , and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. " Thanks," he said. As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began

"Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your friends... I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story." I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable. " I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile.

Not until that moment did I realize its depth. Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others. You now have two choices, you can:1) Pass this on to your friends or2) Delete it and act like it didn't touch your heart.As you can see, I took choice number 1. "Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

There is no beginning or end. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.

A couple of soppy videos to enjoy - With Thanks to Grandma Faith ...

. http://www.members.shaw.ca/gf3/god-did-it-with-a-nail.html
. http://www3.telus.net/public/a7a55952/friendship.htm

When age is creeping up on you - Do you grumble and complain And long for what you once could do - But may not do again ? Then look at things another way - Be grateful you're still here And make the most of each new day and every passing year .

Cheers from the land of the Tartan and the Heather, Love Kate xxx.