August 6.2013 – The Stuff That Matters

I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose

husband unexpectedly died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week

after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of

students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the

classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things

aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said,

“Before class is over, I would like to share with all of you a thought

that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each

of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give

of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end.

It can be taken away at any moment. Perhaps this is God’s way of

telling us that we must make the most out of every single day.”

Her eyes beginning to water. She went on. “So I would like you all to

make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way

home, find something beautiful to notice. It doesn’t have to be

something you see – it could be a scent-perhaps of freshly baked bread

wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be the sound of the breeze

slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light

catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground.

Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may

sound trite to some, these things are the “stuff” of life. The little

things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for

granted. We must make it important to notice them, for at any time…

it can all be taken away.”

The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed

out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my

way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a

while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made

on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that

sometimes we all overlook.

Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go

barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home

tonight to get a double-dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is
not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we DIDN’T do.

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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