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13
Feb
08

Love Story #3: Unconditional Love

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A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home from the war. He called his parents from San Francisco.


“Mom and Dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me.”
“Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.”
“There’s something you should know the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”
“I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.”
“No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.”
“Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.”
At that point, the son hung up the phone.
The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San
Francisco police. Their son had died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was suicide.
The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body
of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn’t know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don’t like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren’t as healthy, beautiful, or smart as we are.


Thankfully, there’s someone who won’t treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into the forever family, regardless of how messed up we are.
Tonight, before you tuck yourself in for the night, say a little prayer that God will give you the strength you need to accept people as they are, and to help us all be more understanding of those who are different from us.

 

 

 

13
Feb
08

Love Story #2: True Love

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This story was forwarded to me by a Malaysian colleague named Meng Choo Wong. She used to be my colleague in the neurosurgery unit until she decided to transfer to another area. She was an excellent nurse.  

The story begins like this:

It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated the he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. while taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”He smiled as he patted my hand and said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

I had to hold back tears as he left, and thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.”

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

13
Feb
08

Love Story #1: Untiring Love

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Allow me to share some of my favorite love stories, which I have saved in my pc. Forgive me that I am not sure of who the original authors are, as these were just forwarded to me by friends. I hope the stories touch your lives, as they did to me. 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! 

This is a true story that happened in Japan. 

In order to renovate the house, someone in Japan tears open the wall. 

Japan houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls. 

When tearing the walls, the man found that there was a lizard stuck there because a nail from outside hammered into one of its feet. He sees this, feels pity, and at the same time curious, as when he checked the nail, it was nailed 10 years ago when the house was first built. 

What happened? 

The lizard has survived in such position for 10 years! In a dark wall partition for 10 years without moving, it is impossible and mind boggling. 

Then he wondered how this lizard survived for 10 years without moving a single step – since its foot was nailed! 

So he stopped his work and observed the lizard, what it has been doing, and what and how it has been eating. Later, not knowing from where it came, appears another lizard with food in its mouth. 

Ahh! He was stunned and touched deeply. For the lizard that was struck by nail, another lizard has been feeding it for the past 10 years… Such love, such a beautiful love! Such love happened even with this tiny creature … What can love do? It can do wonders! Love can do miracles! Imagine? The other lizard has been doing that untiringly for 10 years, without giving up hope on its partner. 

Imagine what a small creature can do that a creature blessed with a brilliant mind can’t. 

I was touched when I read this story and started wondering about relationships between family members, friends, lovers, brothers, sisters. 

As information and communication technology advances, our access to information becomes faster and faster. But the distance between human beings … is it getting closer as well?




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