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Happy Holidays!!

Posted by Shane On December 30th

Hello all, I hope everyone is doing great and getting ready for the Holiday Season and the New Year!!!

I have thinking a lot about 2009. I am so very thankful and grateful for everyone I met and was able to help in some way in 2009. I did meet a lot of wonderful people and made many new friendships that will last a life time. Reflecting back on 2009 it was also a very challenging year for many people and I do feel for them. Things are getting better and will continue to get better for everyone. When you look out in the world there is always going to be someone out there who has it much worse than you or I do. We all need to be very Thankful and Grateful for what we do have and focus on what we do have, do not focus on what you do not have. Do not try to keep up with the Mr. and Mrs. Jones next door.

What are the important things in life? We all know what they are, but myself included do not appreciate it like we should and that is Family and Friends. Make the time to call, E mail, text ( the technology is here to stay guys, Sorry) go visit and see your Family and Friends. Even send a little note to your Family and Friends and let them know how much you care about them and Love them. You will surely cheer some ones life up and help that person to have a better day.

I am going to attach something that someone sent me this morning and believe me I am not one to pass on all the chain letter junk that comes along in our e mails daily. Yes, what you are about to read may bring a tear to your eye and that is okay is shows that you are human.

A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy next door.

It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.

Over the phone, his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.” Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

“Jack, did you hear me?”

“Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said.

“Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.

“I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.

“You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said

“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said. “I wouldn’t be in this business if it weren’t for him.. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important…Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture….Jack stopped suddenly.

“What’s wrong, Jack?” his Mom asked.

“The box is gone,” he said

“What box?” Mom asked.

“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was ‘the thing I value most,'” Jack said.

It was gone.. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

“Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said.. “I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.”

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. “Signature required on a package.. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read.

Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention.. “Mr Harold Belser” it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.

“Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It’s the thing I valued most in my life.” A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

“Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser.”

“The thing he valued most was….my time”

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. “Why?” Janet, his assistant asked.

“I need some time to spend with my son,” he said.

“Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!”

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away,”

Think about this. You may not realize it, but it’s 100% true.

1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you..

4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

5. You mean the world to someone.

6. If not for you, someone may not be living.

7. You are special and unique.

8.. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.

9. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.

10. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.

11. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

Send this letter to all the people you care about, if you do so, you will certainly brighten someone’s day and might change their perspective on life…for the better.

To everyone I sent this to:

“Thanks for your time! “

My Famly and I want to wish you and your Family and Friends a very Merry Christmas or whatever Holiday you celebrate. Think about what you just read and think about what I said above. You have the choice to make it a great 2010 and I know you will.

The above photo was taken at Atlantis in the Bahamas over Spring Break 2009, where my family and I swam with the Dolphins. What a great experience and one our children will never forget.

As I always say, please make time for your Family and Friends it is so very important.

Till next time, Merry Christmas or whatever Holiday you celebrate and make it a great New Year in 2010!!!



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