Cotton High School. Class of 1946.
It was a highlight of my year. I came away with some valuable insights I wish I had learned long ago.
Yesterday as I was having breakfast with my wife Diane, I received a text from my daughter. The text said, “Congratulations dad, on your 46th anniversary.”
I had totally forgotten! I involuntarily made a sound like a rabbit being stepped on by a hippo. I looked up to see Diane stifling a giggle behind her hand. “Happy Anniversary,” I said, stepping around the table to give her a hug and a sheepish apology. This was not the first time in 46 years I had forgotten important occasions.
“Why have you stayed married to me for 46 years?” I asked. Still laughing, this is what she answered….
Last night the second hand ticked toward midnight as millions of people counted down 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 toward the New Year. Then celebrations and fireworks erupted all over the world. In the midst of the celebration people stopped counting…but the countdown continued anyway. Each of us has only so many days on this earth and the seconds are counting down until those days are over. There are really only four things that will make 2014 and the rest of the moments in our lives meaningful.
What does it take to bring a smile to the face of a friend? What does it take to change a bad day to a good one? What does it take to change a life? Sometimes a moment makes the difference.
This will make more sense if you first read my post “Three of the Hardest Words in the English Language,” written last week. In that post I proposed three common scenarios where “Three Words” could possibly have changed the outcome.
I also included the story of a young man who learned to say those words early and often. His wisdom helped him build stronger relationships and establish an exciting career. Here are what some of you guessed the words might be.