Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Story To Consider

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A Story to Consider
Merry Christmas! I hope you are enjoying the last of 2010 and have all your shopping in order.

I came across this story on an email a few years ago and it has resonated with me every since. It amazes me the impact of our large and small actions and the influence they have on people in our daily lives... some of which we never find out the full power of our actions until many years later. Sometimes we never know. The story (below) really speaks to that.

This Christmas season I encourage you to consider every single interaction you have with others. Maybe take an extra minutes to chat to a store clerk, use both hands to shake someone's hand, give an encouraging word or compliment.... who knows, maybe that person was having a really sad time in their lives and you just made it a little brighter.

I want to thank you for your continued support of my business and team. We are deeply grateful to have you as clients and partners. May the peace and goodwill of the season fill every heart and warm every part of your home.
Your Friends in the Mortgage Business, Jared Dreyer& Team
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See below for the story..... grab a hot coco and tissue.....

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 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 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 it's depth. Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.

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And So This Is Christmas;
And What Have We Done?
Another Year Over; A New One Just Begun;
And So Happy Christmas;
I Hope You Have Fun;
The Near And The Dear Ones;
The Old And The Young.
John Lennon

Inspiring Thoughts for 2011

Have a vision for your life.

See your work as a craft.

Expect the best and prepare for the worst.

Read “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin”.

Know the 5 highest priorities of your life.

Become stunningly polite.

Say no to distractions.

Shift from being busy to achieving results.

Get a mentor.

Hire a coach.

Get up at 6 am each day.

Eat less food.

Find more heroes.

Be a hero to someone.

Smile at strangers.

Be the most ethical person you know.

Don’t settle for anything less than excellence.

Savor life’s simplest pleasures.

Save 10% of your income each month.
Spend time at art galleries.

Walk in the woods.

Write thank you letters to those you’ve helped.

Forgive those who’ve wronged you.

Exercise daily.

Get serious about gratitude.

Create unforgettable moments.

Unplug your technology.

Read daily.

Be content with what you have.

Be passionate.

Never miss a moment to celebrate another.

Know your strengths.

Be patient.

Don’t give up.

Use impeccable words.

Travel more.

Honour your parents.

Be a great teammate.

Give no energy to critics.

Speak less. Listen more.

Make your life matter.

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