Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Passing It On

The following is from one of those email letters that we periodically receive. Most of them don't get forwarded. Lord knows I rarely do. But this one touched me. So. Instead of forwarding it to the people I love, I'm sending it to you as a blog post.

The author is unknown. But whoever you are, if you're out there, your poem is beautiful. And so true.

Here goes:

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to a premature baby..

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.


Hold on tight to the ones you love!

This one's for Jules and The Words Crafter:


Anonymous said...

I received that e-mail as well and it's a great message. thanks for sharing!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I never get any of the great emails, Olivia. All I get are from Turanistan, saying, "You have won One Gazillion dracma (40 cents American.) To receive your limitless fortune, please email your bank account number and visa card number to this emai address."

Thanks for sharing, Roland

DL Curran said...

That was lovely... hadn't see it before. Thanks for sharing! :)

DL Curran said...

LOL @ Roland! ;)

The Words Crafter said...

I've never read or received this, thanks. I've actually experienced many of these, either myself or with my beloved family members. Profound.

Thank you thank you for the Joplin!!!!

Arlee Bird said...

Nice message. I'm surprised I haven't received it yet.
Good Joplin tune.

Tossing It Out

Unknown said...

I just found your blog :) Happy to visit! I have gotten this message before, and I agree... I just delete so many of those but this one is touching. Thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

Haven't received this particular email and I love it. Thanks for sharing.


Thanks for sharing this, such a pleasure to read.

Have a lovely day.

Anonymous said...

Never received this one either but it is truly a good one. Thanks for passing it on!

Renae said...

This is such a wonderful message. Thanks for sharing!

Jules said...

OMG, forget the poem, are you reading my mind? I had the exact song ready to send to you. :) Just think of what we lost by losing her.

The poem was good as well but it's not JJ. Can you see me chair dancing?
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

A.T. Post said...

Why do I always have to get the chain e-mails from some ousted Nigerian royalty asking for money?

angelarene said...

Very nice Olivia!! I also like the pics you chose to post with the poem :)

Melissa said...

Thank you for sharing. This was beautiful.

Kimber said...

Thank you for posting the Janis video! I'd forgotten how much I love that song. When I was a little girl I wanted to look just like Janis Joplin. I thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world lol.

Jemi Fraser said...

There's a great message in that email. Thanks for sharing. Off to celebrate a few of those moments with my family :)

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Kathie, you're welcome!

Roland, you're a trip. I did receieve one such but thank goodness it doesn't happen often. :)

DL, anytime!

Words Crafter, me too. I feel ya.

Hi Lee, thanks for stopping by. I've been away a lot lately and have missed reading your blog. I'll have to stop by and say hi to you, too. Thanks!

~that rebel, Olivia

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Dear Dangerous, welcome! Glad you stopped by.

Catherine, I'm glad!

Yvonne, awww. You too.

Gargi, hi. And thanks for stopping by!

Renae, you're welcome!

~that rebel, Olivia

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Jules, love the chair dance!

Postman, it must be a guy thing, Roland gets those, too. :)

Angela, the pics came with the email, they're great aren't they!

Melissa, you're welcome, I'm so glad you liked it.

Kimber, she is very beautiful. Funny I hadn't realized how much until recently.

~that rebel, Olivia

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Jemi, how wonderful that you are celebrating. Yay! Have a great weekend!


Raquel Byrnes said...

Oh my, the one second one got me...whew!

Ooh! How about a millisecond to a silver medalist?

Loved this post. Thanks for sharing and for visiting mine with your sunny encouragement. =)

Edge of Your Seat Romance

Jules said...

Hey I have something for you on my blog :) And I had to come back for an encore performance :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jean Michelle Miernik said...

Aww, this is one of the best forward-e-mails I've seen! I tend to get the ones that Roland is talking about.

Right now, being pregnant is making me hyper-aware of time in a way I haven't been before. I'm counting the seconds between kicks, heartbeats at the doctor's office and the months, weeks, and days until full term. Every little thing I do and every minute spent in the womb is vitally important to this growing person. It's very strange to have to think this way all the time, but it's a great way to put things in perspective.

dolorah said...

Awesome. Thanks for sharing with us. It did my heart good.


Michelle Gregory said...

beautiful reminder.

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