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MadMom's picture

Thoughts (post #46207)

I received this via email, and tried to check it out in snopes, but couldn't find a reference.  Even if it's made up, it makes one stop and think.


The  'L I T T L E'  things.


 
          As you might know, the head of a company survived 9/11 
          because his son started kindergarten.

           Another fellow was alive because it was

           his turn to bring donuts.
 

           One woman was late because her

           alarm clock didn't go off in time.
 

           One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike

 
        because of an auto accident.

           One of them

           missed his bus.


           One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
           
time to change.

           One's

           car wouldn't start.
 

           One went back to

           answer the telephone

           
         One had a
       child that dawdled
 
       and didn't get ready as soon as he should have. 


        One couldn't

        get a taxi.
 

The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. 
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today. 
  
       Now when I am -- 
       stuck in traffic
               miss an elevator, 
           turn back to answer a ringing telephone... 
      all the little things that annoy me

      I think to myself, this is exactly where             
       God wants me to be at this very moment.. .

      Next time your morning seems to be 
           going wrong, 
            
       the children are slow getting dressed, 
       you can't seem to find the car keys, 
              you hit every traffic light, 
       don't get mad or frustrated; 
       God is at work watching over you. 

        May God continue to bless you 
        with all those annoying little things 
        and may you remember their possible purpose. 

        Pass this on to someone else, if you'd like. 
          There is NO LUCK attached.
        If you delete this, it's okay: 
        God's Love Is Not Dependent On E-Mail !!  AMEN


Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.  Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
Ricks503's picture

(post #46207, reply #1 of 19)

Under a dozen of how many people who worked in both buildings.  Probably any similar population would have as many or more people who run late on a given day.  Just my gut feeling on that though.

 


 


" There'll be no living with her now" - Captain Jack Sparrow

 

 

" There'll be no living with her now" - Captain Jack Sparrow

MadMom's picture

(post #46207, reply #4 of 19)

I think you missed the whole point, but that's all I have to say.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

diddidit's picture

(post #46207, reply #2 of 19)

Not to be a jerk or anything, but God couldn't take the time to make the other 2850 people late for work?

The one about the head of the investment band is true - that's the head of Kantor Fitzgerald. Dunno 'bout the rest.

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MadMom's picture

(post #46207, reply #6 of 19)

I have to totally agree with you.  One of my pet peeves has to do with people who thank God they are spared (from hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) and I always wonder if they credit God with saving them, are they saying He had some grudge against the others?  I think the only point of this post was to say that perhaps rather than being upset when little annoyances make us late, perhaps we should say thanks. 



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #46207, reply #7 of 19)

Very true--it's all a matter of perspective, and that perspective makes a big difference in your attitude.


We went to farm stuff auction on Saturday, and it didn't get anything that we wanted, so it seemed a waste of a day until, on the way out, we stopped a woman driving a big flatbed from backing into another vehicle (by about an inch).  Had we not been there to stop her, she definitely would have hit it and done a lot of damage.


When we looked at it that way, the day wasn't such a waste.  Helped our perspective and our attitude to see it like that.


Leigh


How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
MadMom's picture

(post #46207, reply #8 of 19)

Thank you.  It's probably hard to explain, but have you ever had a serious accident happen to you or someone else, and you've wished "if only" it hadn't happened, if you'd stopped before pulling out into the street, or looked, or whatever?  Sometimes when I have a close call, I can't help but wonder if maybe my wish came true in that incidence.  Does that make any sense?  Probably not, but if we choose to look at little annoyances as just that, then that is what they will be.  If we choose to look at them as perhaps putting us where we need to be, then they're no longer annoying. 



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #46207, reply #9 of 19)

I understand you--we don't look at the "if onlys" from the other side.  We see it as "I overslept, was running late and so was stuck in that &^*%! traffic jam because of that accident."  Not "Maybe because I overslept, I wasn't in that accident that caused the traffic jam."


I also try this attitude when I'm cut off in traffic, etc.  Since I can't do anything about it, and getting mad just ruins my day, I tell myself that they were rushing to meet their wife at the hospital where she's giving birth, or maybe someone close to them just died and they're upset about that.  Stops me from getting wound up about it (most of the time, anyway) and wasting what little energy I have on something I have no control over.


Leigh


 


How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
dilly's picture

(post #46207, reply #11 of 19)

I so agree with you... I guess the others were expendable?  And where was god when the Amish children were killled?

AnnL's picture

(post #46207, reply #14 of 19)

Actually, the Amish have an amazing perspective on that horrible tragedy.  They forgive the killer, since they believe that God's plan for those little girls was to bring them home and if they hadn't died in the shooting, they would have died some other way that day. 

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

dilly's picture

(post #46207, reply #15 of 19)

So they believe that the killer was acting as "gods tool"?  Too sadistic for me, but if it helps them through it, so be it.  I too believe in chance. 

Rhea's picture

(post #46207, reply #16 of 19)

...I still cannot grasp what happened....

I can't even afford the lifestyle I dont' want...

I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

Heather's picture

(post #46207, reply #3 of 19)

This kind of thing always annoys me because there were probably people IN the building who got there early for some simple reason. But I actually know two people who just missed being in the WTC that morning. One was stuck in traffic and the other one's red eye from SF was delayed.

Biscuit's picture

(post #46207, reply #5 of 19)

I know that the one about the man's son starting kindergarten is true.  I saw an interview with him about a year later.  He was the head of his office - the big boss - and his guilt was overwhelming.  But it was his son's first day of kindergarten, and he wanted to be there to see him off on the bus.  No one from his office survived. 


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"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

samchang's picture

(post #46207, reply #10 of 19)

And chef Michael Lomonaco of ex-Windows of the World restaurant fame survived because while he's usually on the top floor of the World Trade Center for morning prep, he went to the basement to pick up a pair of glasses.


It's good to see him back in action behind the stove in NYC again.


Like you, I read these posts as a reminder of luck, timing, and the fleeting nature of life, not of any divine intervention. The latter brings on too many problems with the theodicy.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #46207, reply #12 of 19)

It is interesting to see the convoluted ways that people find to "explain" the "bigger plan of God" when lives are taken in horrific ways.

I am in total peace with the concept of simple chance.

 


 


"Her shimmyshaky is much better than her chimichurri"
(Glenys, June 2006)

AJ12754's picture

(post #46207, reply #13 of 19)

"I am in total peace with the concept of simple chance."


Me too.


"Truth is the engine of our judicial system." Patrick Fitzgerald

Cave obdurationem cordis

madnoodle's picture

(post #46207, reply #17 of 19)

"I am in total peace with the concept of simple chance."


Me three.  And whenever I read about somebody going on about how s/he was spared b/c of God's divine intervention, I always think "Yeah . . . or maybe God just missed."  I'm a terrible person, I know.


Saskatchewan:  our mountain-removal project is nearly complete.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

AJ12754's picture

(post #46207, reply #18 of 19)

I will never forget seeing Star Jones of The View (in a clip shown on the Daily Show I think) talking about how blessed she was (or words to that effect) that her honeymoon in Asia was over BEFORE the tsunami hit -- what a close call that was.


All I could think was, "Wow, guess God really had it in for all those people who scheduled their honeymoons a week later."


 


"Truth is the engine of our judicial system." Patrick Fitzgerald


Edited 10/5/2006 9:38 am ET by aj12754

Cave obdurationem cordis

assibams's picture

(post #46207, reply #19 of 19)

Me four. (And I like your thinking *g*)


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright