Motivational and Inspirational Stories
Author: D Anthony, D-Rose Impressions, 04/98
I watched a movie in which an interesting statement was
made. The gist was that there are events that change
your life. Nothing is the same afterward. From that
point in time every other event is perceived as occurring
chronologically before or after the life altering one.
I listened quietly and nodded.
My event occurred in January of last year. My event happened
when, in a state of utter helplessness, I witnessed my
mother taking her last breath. As I write this, tears
still fill my eyes as I recall being alone with the most
beautiful, giving person I have ever known - silently
praying for God to make her better. (I pleaded in spite
of the fact that the doctors said her 'system' was shutting
down - that there was nothing they could do.) Then realizing
she was no longer with me - not in the form that greeted
me when I came into this world (as Mahalia Jackson's rendition
of 'In The Upper Room (With Jesus)' began to play on her
tape recorder). I realized that I would no longer know
the feel of her touch, the sound of her laughter at
another joke, of her singing a new song, or of her saying
she loves me. My Mom was gone.
And from that evening on - nothing was the same. A good
portion of the year was spent in various stages of despair,
anger, gilt (for not doing more and sooner), disillusionment
and isolation. Friends and family continuously invited
me to do things with them (i.e. Why don't you get out
the house on Mother's Day?). But for me being in this
house (where she came to live with me a few months before
taking ill) was where I wanted to be - Where I needed
to be. I had to experience the pain completely. It was
the only way to find answers to at least some of the questions
Why was she taken so soon? Why couldn't she have
had a couple years of enjoyment after all the pain in
her life? Why couldn't she have taken less care of everyone
else and better care of herself? What else could I have
done? Where was she? In heaven? Is there a heaven and
hell? What is the point of life? Why are we here? What
is the rhyme and reason?
Slowly but surely some of my answers became apparent.
And I say 'my' answers because I'm not sure that the answers
are the same for everyone. (To be honest, I'm not sure
of much of anything since that event.) You see as I talked
to her friends, and really began to notice the things
she held close - I realized that in spite of the pain,
my mother was happy. Her friends helped me to see that
she was full of laughter, love and faith. And that she
was proud of her single most important accomplishment
- raising her children. And because of her faith she was
strong. Strong in ways that I am only beginning to understand
Along the way, I heard a story about a minister that
seems appropriate to recount here. The minister upon hearing
that three of his best church members had died in an accident
asked - "Lord why? And you took three of my most
worthy members. I would have gladly given up some of the
others who clearly do not serve your name." The Lord
responded they were never yours to give. I took the three
because they were ready. I left the others so that you
could get them ready.
My Mom was ready. And I'm so grateful for the time I
did share with her - and the lessons she taught me.
I have a different perspective on things now. I no longer
have the illusions I had about the possession of limitless
personal power and intelligence. Reality, along with a
dash of humility, sets in quickly as you watch life seep
away from someone you truly love. There is only one
real force. And any power or intelligence possessed
comes through recognition and respect for that force -
otherwise known as faith. My Mommy taught me that.
I've come to realize something else since the hardest
day of my life. I realize that our purpose is to learn,
to love, to laugh, to grow - to try to make the world
a little better
every day. And so, from my pain
came thank you letters for her friends, which led to inspirational
thoughts - which lead to greeting cards, the birth of
D-Rose Impressions, art distribution, etc. And when it's
all said and done, two objectives supersede all others
for succeeding. Via the merchandise and interaction with
people like you on D-Rose Impressions Online, I want to
positively impact the world in a small way, while I'm
here. And second, wherever she is now, and whatever she
is doing, I want Rose to look down on me and be proud.
Ironically, the most amazing belief I have come to hold
is, during the event, when I asked God to make her better
- he answered my prayers.
In closing, I would like you to consider something I
wrote for the back of Mom's program
None of us knows the volume of sand
remaining in the hourglass of our lives
Now more than ever she teaches us to
appreciate time... Now more than ever she teaches
us to appreciate the people we spend it with
Thanks for taking the time to read, to care. And as learning
is an interactive process your feedback is welcome. Enjoy
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It's truly inspiring. I am so touched.
Yes... Everything except for the death part happened to my mom last January. She was so close to death, we were told she was not going to make it and she was given her last rights... I prayed and prayed and said that she can't go, she is the only one in the world who tells me that she loves me. Then I felt this almost weird supernatural spirit telling me that she will not be taken away... Miraculously she pulled through... I got a second chance with my Mom.
MY mom passed away just 17 days ago, she too was sick and I was with her when Jesus came for her. There is such an emptiness in my soul, but I know without a doubt she is in heaven with the Lord and at such peace. No one can know the hurt unless you have experienced it firsthand. I know that strength from God and time will help get me through. Her name was Debby and she always had a smile that will never be forgotten.
I lost my mom two weeks ago and its been a struggle. I read these words and its been a comfort, thanks for the beautiful words.
Upon losing my mother, the closest person to me, only two weeks ago, I want to say "Thank You" for the beautiful words. The struggle feels never ending.
That's really inspiring... I lost one of my best friends suddenly and am feeling heartbroken. It is true that there are events that change your life. I don't know why this happened, but I just hope that it's for some great reason...
it sure hit the spot. Thanks.
it had a great impact and made a real big difference.
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