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This is a great story!

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
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
before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He
turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a
football with my friends. He said yes. We hung out all weekend and the
more I got to know

Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of 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, we began to think about college. Kyle
decided on Georgetown (United States university town), and I was going to
I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a
He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football
Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a
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 I had 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, your siblings,
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 and 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. You now have two
choices, you can:
1) Pass this on to your friends or
2) Delete it and act like it didn't touch your heart.

As you can see, I took choice number 1.

"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble
remembering how to fly." It's National Friendship Week. Show your
friends how much you care. Eleanor Roosevelt wrote:
Many people will walk in and out of your life,
But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
He who loses money, loses much; He, who
loses a friend, loses much more;
He, who loses faith, loses all.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Friends, you and me....You brought
another friend.... And then there were 3. We started our
group.... Our circle of friends....And like that
circle....There is no beginning or end..Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.


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