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    Well it's kinda long and kinda corny but I liked it:

    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 home, 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
    fillied his eyes, Jack carefully unlockedthe 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
    "Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser."
    "The thing he valued 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
    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
    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.

    To everyone who read this "Thanks for your time"

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    Thanks for sharing.
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    Are you trying to say I have a stalker?!?!?! JK
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler View Post
    Are you trying to say I have a stalker?!?!?! JK
    At leat one!

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    thanks for sharing
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