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19 November 2015

Giving thanks #ThankfulForYou hop #Thankful4You

Hi all! I’m one of the many wonderful participants of the Thankful for You Blog Hop in which we’re sharing our appreciation and love for you! So, this week we're letting everyone know just what we're thankful for. And that includes...YOU! There's a new giveaway at every single stop so be sure to hop around and visit your favorite blogs and find a few new ones to follow too!
* Several years ago, I found the following story, quote and list on line. The author of the story, as far as I know, is unknown. I checked around the internet to see if I could track down a name and had no luck. Now, I know there are some discrepancies in the story, so please don’t comment on that. I’m sharing this because of the overall message the story, quote and list delivers—we should be appreciative of those in our lives, value the time we have between us and thank each other for being a part of our travels in this world before time runs out.

* A young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.
* It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.
* Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.
* "Jack, did you hear me?"
* "Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said.
* "Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him.
* "I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.
* "You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said.
* "He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important...Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.
* As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown.
* Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.
* The night before he had to return h ome, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.
* Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture... Jack stopped suddenly.
* "What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.
* "The box is gone," he said.
* "What box?" Mom asked.
* "There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said.
* It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box . He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.
* "Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."
* It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. "Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read.
* Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. "Mr. Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside. "Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life" A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.
* Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover.
* Inside he found these words engraved: "Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser."
* "The thing he valued most time"
* Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.
* "I need some time to spend with my son," he said. "Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

Think about this. You may not realize it, but it's 100% true.
1. At least 2 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
4. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
5. You mean the world to someone.
6. If not for you, someone may not be living.
7. You are special and unique.
8. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you trust God to do what's best, and wait on His time, sooner or later, you will get it or something better.
9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.
10. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.
11. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
12. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.
13. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you'll both be happy.
14. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

* So what am I appreciative and thankful for? That you have given me your gift of time by reading my stories and following me around the internet, and in person if you know me in 3D! It really means a lot that you’ve shared a corner of your life with me and joined me in mine. To show my thanks, I’m giving away a choice of one of my books and a $5 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner! To have a chance at these prizes, please use the Rafflecopter below and comment on this post.
* Thanks!
* Happy Reading & Happy Thanksgiving,
* C.R.

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* And don’t forget to follow the rest of the hoppers! They can be found here... * or HERE.


Debby said...

What a niec blog hop! I am thankful for you as well.

Elin Helmersson said...

I´m thankful for my friends. <3

Judy said...

Thanks for your giveaway!! I am most thankful for my family and our good health this year.

Kanoko said...

People who are generous with their love, support, and time are incredible. I'm thankful I also have such people in my life.

Laura B said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I am thankful for YOU! :)

Berkeley Hapa said...

I'm thankful for my husband and our home.

Esther Gerdzen said...

Thank you for the giveaway :) I am thankful for my family :)

pippirose said...

I'm thankful for my family, especially my little granddaughter.

Dovile said...

Thank you for sharing the story, and for reminding me that I should tell others good things more often.

Book Attict said...

Happy Thanksgiving!