Saturday, May 2, 2009

I've learned...

Today I received a very sweet e-mail from my uncle. He is someone I adore and look up to in more ways than one. What he sent me is a mass e-mail. However, its impact on me was so refreshing especially that it came from someone who believes in and acts like everything said in it. It is so nice to have family that you love and feel proud of.

I remember being once in a pharmacy in Amman late at night. I needed to buy medicine and I had no money on me. The pharmacist politely apologized since the pharmacy's policy is not to accept checks. I suggested leaving my ID card with him along with the check and to send him the money the following morning (I had forgotten my ATM pin number). The pharmacist held my ID, and when he saw my name he asked "how are you related to this man?". I said "he is my uncle". The very uncle who sent me this e-mail. He then said "your uncle is probably one of the very few honorable men left around". He went on to say "please take whatever you want and you can pay me later". He refused to take the check and he refused my pleas to leave any form of proof behind. That to me is worth all the money in the world. So from this incident I’ve learned that maintaining one’s family’s good name and reputation is for sure very hard work, but one that only gets more rewarding and enjoyable with time.

I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned...... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way..

I've learned...... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class..

I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned..... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds..

I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned ..... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom and Dad that I loved them one more time before they passed away.

I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.

I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned...... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.


Anonymous said...

it is beautifully said.. amazing how one person can make you so proud and never lets you appreciate the blessing of having respect through your family, and ultimately feeling proud you belong to this family.. It is the power of 1, and it can be contagious!

Marvin the Martian said...

How wonderful that you have such an honorable family member whose reputation is so well-known!

And those are excellent lessons that everyone should learn.

NasEr said...

I really hate 4wd emails,i think they're stupid most of the time . but this one i read and enjoyed , guess mainly because of the background of the sender which i appreciated having something from even though i don't know him,or you :).
nice post.

randudeh said...

He was an inspiration to every person he met, big or small. The part that I love the best is knowing that people appreciated who he was even when he was alive, and have such gratitude for having been touched by him after his passing. What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story! :-)