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Steven Heinrich
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Stories from Others
« on: April 10, 2007, 08:28:49 PM »

Stories that you have learned or read or heard of from others.  If they are being posted from another source, please be sure and notate where it came from and who is the author.
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In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2007, 09:21:45 AM »

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her

seniors in High School by telling them  the difference

each of them had made.  She called each student to

the front of the class, one at a time.

First, she told each of them how they had  made a

difference to her, and the class. Then  she presented

each of them with a blue ribbon,  imprinted with gold

letters, which read, "Who I Am Makes  a Difference."

 

Afterwards, the teacher decided to do  a class

project, to see what kind of  impact recognition

would have on a Community.  She gave  each of

the students three more blue ribbons, and   instructed

them to go out and spread this  acknowledgment ceremony.

Then they were to follow up on  the results, see who honored

whom, and report to the class in  about a week.

 

One of the boys in the class went to  a junior executive  in a

nearby Company, and honored  him for helping him with his

career planning.  He gave him  a blue ribbon, and put it on his shirt.

Then he gave him two extra ribbons  and said, "We're doing a

class project on recognition, and  we'd like for you to go

out, find somebody to honor,   give them a blue  ribbon,  then give

them the extra blue ribbon so  they can acknowledge a third person,

to keep this acknowledgment ceremony  going.  Then please

report back to me and tell me what  happened."

 

Later that day, the junior executive went  in to

see his boss, who had been noted, by the way,

as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He  sat his

boss down, and he told him that he deeply  admired

him for being a creative genius. The boss  seemed very

surprised.   The junior  executive asked him if he would

accept the gift of the blue  ribbon, and would he give

him permission to put it on him.  His surprised

boss said, "Well, sure." The junior  executive took the

blue ribbon and placed it right on his  boss's jacket,

above his heart. As he gave him the last  extra ribbon,

he said, "Would you take this  extra ribbon, and pass it

on by honoring somebody else.  The young boy who first

gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school, and  we

want to keep  this recognition ceremony going and find out

how it affects people."

 

That night,  the boss came home to his 14-year-old

son, and sat him  down.  He said, "The most

incredible thing happened to me  today. I was

in my office, and one of the junior executives  came

in and told me he admired me, and gave me a  blue

ribbon for being a creative genius.  Imagine! He  thinks I

am a creative genius! Then he put a blue  ribbon

that says, "Who I Am Makes a Difference", on  my

jacket above my heart.  He gave me an extra  ribbon and

asked me to find somebody else to  honor.  As I was

driving home tonight, I started thinking  about whom

I would honor with this ribbon, and I  thought about

you. I want to honor you. My days are  hectic and

when I come home, I do not pay a lot  of attention to

you. Sometimes I scream at you for not  getting good

enough grades in school, and for your  bedroom being

a mess. Somehow, tonight, I just wanted to  sit here

and, well, just let you know that you do  make a

difference to me.  Besides your mother,  you are the

most important person in my life.  You're  a great

kid, and I love you!"

 

The startled boy started  to sob and sob, and he

could not stop crying His whole body  shook. He

looked up at his father and said through  his tears,

"Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room  and wrote a

letter to you and Mom, explaining why I  had took my

life, and I asked you to forgive me.  I  was going to

commit suicide tonight after you were  asleep.

I just did not think that you cared at all.  The

letter is upstairs. I don't think I need it after  all."

His father walked upstairs and found a  heartfelt

letter full of anguish and pain.

 

The boss  went back to work a changed man. He

was no longer a grouch,  but made sure to let all

of his employees know that they  made a difference.

The junior executive helped several other  young

people with career planning, and never forgot  to

let them know that they made a difference in  his

life...one being the boss' son. In addition, the  young

boy and his classmates learned a valuable  lesson,

"Who you are DOES make a  difference".



-- Source unknown, recieved on a chain-letter email
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