Helping Others...It'll make you smile!

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   Posted 9/18/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, everyone. As I was reading my local paper today I came across an article with a very compassionate story in it. It really has nothing to do with lupus, but I think the more positive things we can pull from our day the better for us. I don't know why, but I just felt like I wanted to share this story with you all. I think it reminded me of this forum and taking the time to share with each other as we are able to lean on each other and gain understanding at the same time. I probably also connected how sometimes our own families aren't there for us and how we can be there for each other. I hope you enjoy it as well.

The story in my newspaper is titled, "An honorable lesson about helping others". It reads, "A nurse escorted a serviceman to the bedside of a very sick old man. "You're son is here," she said, then had to repeat it before the patient opened his sedated eyes. Only seeing the uniformed Marine dimly, the old man said nothing but weekly extended his hand. The soldier said nothing either, but took the old man's withered hand in his strong fingers and squeezed a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair but the Marine refused to sit or rest; he refused to move away as the hours went by. When the nurse moved in and out of the room during the night the Marine seemed not to notice as he concentrated on the loving words he often spoke to the patient.

The dying man said nothing, just held onto his son's hand. Toward dawn the old gentleman died and the Marine turned loose of the lifeless hand and went to tell the nurse, then waited while she did the necessary things.

When she returned the nurse started to offer sympathy but the Marine interrupted her, "Who was that man?" he asked.

"He was your father!" she exclaimed.

"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."

Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?"

The young man answered, "I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son wasn't here. When I realized he was too sick to to tell whether or not I was his son, and knowing how much he needed me, I stayed."

Now the next time somebody needs you, whether loved one or stranger, just be there. Stay! For that's what honorable men do.

I just really enjoyed this story today and hope it lifts you up as well.
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

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   Posted 9/18/2007 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Sharen, thanks for sharing the story with us. It's beautiful.
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   Posted 9/18/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Great story, Sharen!
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   Posted 9/19/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Sharen... that is a beautiful story and thank you so much for sharing it.
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   Posted 9/19/2007 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the story. It's inspiring.
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