A Note On A Napkin

According to the Daily Mail, 48-year-old Tricia Belstra was on a Southwest Airlines flight from Colorado to Indiana to attend the funeral of her 25-year-old son Kyle who committed suicide in August after breaking up with his long-time girlfriend.

During the flight, Belstra began to feel overwhelmed and kept the sick bag between her knees. Her flight attendant, a young man who she couldn’t identify, poured her drinks and asked her what was wrong.

Belstra told the attendant about her son’s death and he consoled her while she cried. As she exited the plane, the young man handed her a note written on a napkin. When Belstra entered the terminal, she started to read the note and burst into tears.

“In 2004 my family lost my older brother. As traumatic as it still is for me, I can’t even pretend to truly know the pain you feel as a mom. I did, however, watch my mother’s grieving process (a process that will never end). Firstly, being a mother is about giving birth to a new life as a promise to the future. Your mission doesn’t end now — your son’s life is bigger than his death and always will be. My mom struggled desperately chasing a far away goal of somehow lessening the pain. As she realizes now, the pain hardly lessens. Don’t expend your energy trying to chase this. Instead, go all out finding opportunities to experience joy. Visit family, get closer to those you’ve lost touch with, travel. This is your story and you owe it to yourself and your son to make sure that you survive this. Do not pressure yourself. The world is full of people who do truly care about you, even if it doesn’t feel that way. I won’t stop thinking about you anytime soon, or how you’re doing or what you’re up to. You’ll come out of this a stronger person and I’ll be rooting for you the whole time.”

This article originally appeared on TravelPulse.

An Old Teacher And A Former Student

While walking down the street a young man sees an old man and asks him: “Do you remember me?”
The old man says no, so the young man tells him that at one time he was one of his students.
The old teacher then asks: “What do you do now, what did you end up doing in life?”
The young man responds: “Well, I became a teacher, just like you.”
“Ah, that’s a good thing, but why just like me?” Asks the old man.
“Well, yes. In fact, I became a teacher because you inspired me to be like you.”
The old man was curious now so asked the young man at what point in his life he decided to become a teacher.
The young man then tells him the following story:
“One day, a friend of mine, also a student, came in with a nice new watch, and I decided I wanted it. So I stole it, I took it out of his pocket.
Shortly after, my friend noticed his watch was missing and immediately complained to our teacher, who was you.
Shortly thereafter you addressed the class saying, ‘This student’s watch was stolen during class today. Whoever stole it, please return it.’ But I didn’t give it back because I didn’t want to.
After nobody responded you closed the classroom door and told us all to stand up and form a circle.
You then said you were going to search our pockets one by one until the watch was found.
However, you told us to close our eyes, because you would only look for his watch if we all had our eyes closed.
So we did as you instructed.
You went from pocket to pocket, and when you went through my pocket, you found the watch and took it but continued searching everyone’s pockets. When you were finally done you said ‘open your eyes. We have the watch.’
You didn’t tell on me and you never mentioned the episode again and never disclosed who stole the watch either.
That was the most shameful day of my life and you saved my dignity forever.
So that was the day I decided I would not become a thief or a bad person in any way. You never said anything about it again, nor did you even scold me or take me aside to give me any moral lessons.
I received your message loud and clear.
Thanks to you, I clearly understood what a good person and a real educator should do.
Do you remember this incident, professor?
The old professor answered, ‘Yes, I remember the situation with the stolen watch and that I looked for it in everyone’s pocket.
The reason I didn’t remember you, however, is because I also closed my eyes while looking for the watch.’
This is the essence of teaching: If to correct you must humiliate then you don’t know how to teach.”

September 11th – Never Forget!

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.

Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C. A fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after brave souls on board figured out what the terrorists on board were up to and sacrificed their own lives to keep them from completing their mission.

Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered the first major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism.

Never Forget!!!