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    Even a little action can change lives

    There is no limit to what you can do to help or change a person's life for the better. This piece is just one of the zillions of examples that really go to show, that no matter how small it is, a kind word or hand goes a long, long way

    One day, when I was a freshman in high school,I saw a kid from my class
    was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he
    was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone
    bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd." I had
    quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends
    tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.
    As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running
    toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and
    tripping him so he
    landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass
    about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible
    sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him.
    So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his
    glasses, and I saw a tear in
    his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said,
    "Those guys are jerks.They really should get lives." He looked at me and
    said, "Hey thanks!"
    There was a big smile on his face. It was one
    of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his
    books, and asked him
    where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near
    me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had
    gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a
    private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried his
    books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to
    play football on Saturday with me and my friends. He said yes. We hung
    all weekend and the more I
    got to know Kyle, the more I liked him. And my
    friends thought the sameof him. Monday morning came, and there was
    Kyle with the huge stack of
    books again. I stopped him and said, "boy, you
    are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books
    everyday!" He just
    laughed and handed me half the books.
    Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were
    seniors, began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and
    I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always
    be friends, that themiles would never be a problem. He was going to be a
    doctor, and I was
    going for business on a football scholarship.

    Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being
    a nerd. He had to
    prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad
    it wasn't me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw
    Kyle. He looked great. He
    was one of those guys that really found himself
    during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.He
    had more dates than
    me and all the girls loved him! Boy, sometimes
    I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was
    nervous about his speech.
    So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big
    guy, you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of those looks (the really
    grateful one) and
    smiled. "Thanks," he said. As he started his speech, he cleared his throat,
    and began: "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it
    through those tough years. Your
    parents, your teachers, yoursiblings, maybe a coach...but mostly your
    friends. I am here to tell
    all of you that being a friend to someone is the
    best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story." I just looked at
    my friend with
    disbelief as he told the story of the first day
    we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of
    how he had cleaned out
    his locker so his mom wouldn't have to do it
    later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me
    a little smile.
    "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me
    from doing the unspeakable." I heard the gasp go through the crowd as
    this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw
    his mom and dad looking at me smiling that same grateful smile.Not until
    that moment did I realize it's depth.

    Never underestimate the power of your actions.
    With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for
    worse. God puts us all
    in each other's lives to impact one another in
    some way. Look for God in others.

    -- Author Unknown

    And hey, even if it doesn't turn out as dramatic as this, a kind gesture is a good deed on your own part. Do it for the sake of humanity.



      hehehe, did you get this forwarded to you also in your e-mail?
      but seriously, it does give one a chance to really think about the little things...