Day 114 Question 114

Day 114 Question 114:

When was the last time you were moved/felt truly touched?

I keep having to push the topic aside of what I was going to write about because something else comes up that I feel that I have to talk about.  Yesterday was a day like any other…nothing that seemed out of the ordinary.  I say this but there were two things that happened yesterday that I needed to share because they completely moved me and melted my heart.  I am unsure of why we are here on Earth or whether or not everything truly falls in place the way it is meant to or if we all serve individual purposes.  I would like to think there is a meaning for all of us and even if we never find out what exactly it is, we are still able to live the majority of our lives in a state of happiness.  I felt today that these two things fell into the place when they did to make me appreciate life just a little bit more.

So, this afternoon I took the girls that I nanny out for a walk as I do every day after they eat lunch.  We pretty much follow the same route every day, meandering through the local church parking lot and into various neighborhoods.  When I was leaving the house today and pushing the stroller out of the door with the girls in tote I could faintly hear bagpipes.  The closer I walked to the church, I realized that it was coming from there.  There is a cemetery right next to the church that we pass on our walk.  I thought to myself that there must be a funeral service going on and I debated whether or not to even take that route.  I decided that I would and if I got closer and saw that there were a lot of people I would turn around and take a different route.  The closer I approached the cemetery I noticed that there was not a group of people.  In the distance (not far distance but far enough that he wouldn’t notice me stop and look), a man stood in front of a grave stone and played the bagpipes.  I stood there watching him and as his one song ended, he kneeled on the ground, kissed his hand and placed it against the grave stone.  He stood up and continued to play.  I stood there in complete silence and felt the tears swell up in my eyes.  I was truly touched by the actions of this complete stranger.  I assumed that the person that he was playing for was his deceased wife but in thinking about it I really don’t know.  It could have been a child that died fighting in the war or even one of his parents.  No matter who it was, it was very obvious how much love he had for this person and I found it so beautiful the way that he took time from his day to spend doing something that would mean a lot to the person that had passed.  It was a moment that made me realize how important the people are that I have in my life and even after they are gone, I want to not forget them.  I want to honor their lives in some way or another….in a way that would represent the special bond that we had.  That is what this man was doing and I felt so honored to have witnessed this.  A part of me feels like I just happened to be in the right place at the right time but in the moment, as cheesy as this even feels to say, I feel like I was meant to be there.  It was an exceptional moment to witness and I feel so lucky to be able to hold onto this memory.

The second thing that I viewed today was not quite as lucky as much as it was just plain moving and inspirational.  I am a HUGE fan of Ellen Degeneres and I am a Facebook junkie as most of you already know.  So, of course I am a fan of Ellen’s fan page.  I was scrolling her page today just to check out what daily funnies she had offered up.  I came by the video that I have posted below.  I will not give it all away because I want you to watch the video.  I will just tell you that the story is of a woman that was deaf until 8 days ago.  She had a very expensive surgery and has now regained hearing.  I realize that Ellen has a boatload of money and she can donate to anything she chooses but there is something about her that just seems like such goodness to me.  She just exudes love and kindness.  Ellen could do anything with her money and to choose what she decides to use her money for is so amazing to me.  I know other celebrities do the same thing but I admit I have a soft spot for Ellen….she just seems like such a real, genuine person and I admire her courage and her strength.  Check out the video below and let me know what you think.  And also, I would love to hear stories from your lives….what is something that has happened to you or you have been a witness to that touched your heart?  What was that one instance that made you feel so lucky to have experienced it?

Our lives are made up of a series of moments and sometimes those moments just fly right by and we don’t even have a chance to look back.  I realized today that sometimes I just need to slow down and look around because beautiful moments happen way more than I thought.  There are beautiful people that have stories to tell but we will never hear them if we don’t ask about them.  There are beautiful places to be seen but we will never see them if we don’t make the time.  There are random acts of kindness happening around every twist and turn but we won’t even notice them if we keep going at a wild pace.  Today I realized that I don’t want to miss out on the beauty that surrounds me every day.  I want to hear the stories of my fellow blogger and learn about my new found friends here in the virtual world.  I hope your day is filled with great surprises that make you smile!  All of my love! :0)

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20 Responses to Day 114 Question 114

  1. adauphin04 says:

    We are lucky to recognize inspiration wherever & whenever we can. Thanks for sharing yours!

  2. Tacey B. says:

    Your posts always resonate … I am usually working on the same issues that you write about…. I would comment everyday, but I don’t want to appear stalker ish….”oh yes I agree with everything….” it is just bizarre…… But it isn’t bizarre….I just realized that I am attracted to like minded people on a similar road….. So it isn’t “random” or “bizarre” ….. I was somehow led to your blog so that I can get support in my spiritual path. But just know that everyday I like what you post. It helps me. Thank you very much!

  3. Tacey B. says:

    And I looooove Ellen for the same reasons…. 😉

  4. Ana Ruddy says:

    Thanks for sharing this! We all ask ourselves the same question…”what’s the point of this life”…it’s great to hear other people’s views and points.

  5. terry1954 says:

    this was truly a joy to read, thank you

  6. Awesome post! The video made me cry…and seeing as how I’m at work, it caused some uncomfortable moments! 🙂 Thanks for the great post!

  7. Anastasia says:

    Just now when I read this post :
    http://rtewrite.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/a-hairs-breadth/

    Thanks for sharing. The imagery of the bagpiper really moved me too!
    PS..you received an award on my last post! 🙂

  8. brendamarroy says:

    I love the story about the bagpiper. It brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Thank you for sharing this. Sometimes we forget to stop long enough to be touched by random acts of kindness. I needed that today!

    • Diane :0) says:

      It was strange but I felt like I needed that yesterday to get a little extra perspective. I am glad I was able to help you out :0) I hope you have a wonderful day :0)

  10. That’s such a beautiful image of the man playing the bagpipes. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I am absolutely bawling over that Ellen video, that is the nicest thing ever!

  12. bhuwanchand says:

    Everyday… whenever I listen to the innocent questions of our kids or look into the eyes which are always saying so much… Its like some author said (I forgot whose quote it is) ‘A Child reinforce the belief that God hasn’t totally given up on this human race’
    http://bhuwanchand.wordpress.com/kids-dont-lie/

  13. Coming East says:

    Okay, we’ll I’m crying after seeing that video. I’m not much of a TV watcher and I don’t do nearly anything on Facebook except link my blog to it, but I have to agree with you about Ellen. She seems like such a genuine person. You can’t fake what we see in her.
    As for tender moments, that surely was an incredible one you witnessed. I feel privileged to witness weddings of people I love. This past weekend was so exhilarating because these two young people who got married are such wonderful, loving people, and we loved celebrating their union with their families.

  14. Captivating Lingerie Boutique says:

    We all forget easily how life can be so beautiful, I saw a movie this weekend with my husband and it completely made me see life differently “Courageous” we were both moved by this movie and put our life into perspective and how the little things in life can change your life and the life of our girls. I recommend to see this movie for all parents.

  15. You touch my heart! Personally I know that there are layers of meaning and learning as we evole/ develop in life thru experience and interaction with Life/Love~ I love your blog! you’re an inspiration to me~ Sincerely Deborah

  16. The more I read your blogs, the more I like coming back and yes this brought tears to my eyes…. 🙂

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