by CBS News
Posted on December 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At William Jessup University near Sacramento, there’s a junior who seems to have it all. Jackie Turner has straight As, good friends and a big heart. She works part-time as a tutor and eventually wants a career helping troubled kids.
Her future is definitely bright, but the clouds still roll in every December.
“This time of year is hard,” Jackie said. “Everyone is talking about their cousins, their families, all the things that make up Christmas.”
Jackie says she doesn’t have any of that — and never did.
Asked to recall some of the pleasant memories of her childhood, Jackie said, “I remember getting locked up and locked in rooms. And I remember getting beatings for stealing food.”
Born to a mother she never met and dad she wished she hadn’t, Jackie said she was abused, neglected, and starved.
She’s been able to move on — for 11 months out of every year, at least. But that 12th has always posed a problem, which is why this year she decided to take action.
Jackie said, “This hurting, you’re tired of it, what are you going to do? And I was like, ‘Craigslist.'”
That’s right, she said Craigslist — where most people go to find a new apartment or used car, Jackie went looking for a happier holiday. Specifically, her classified said, “I want to rent a mom and dad.”
“Maybe for like a couple hours — just be like the light of their life for that moment,” Jackie said.
She was even willing to pay, she said, “Eight bucks, just to sit, which for a college student is affordable.”
She got dozens of responses — about half from parents who wanted to help, for free of course — and about half from other young people who felt the same way she did.
“People are hurting and broken and we need each other,” Jackie said. “We need to be loving people. And I think that’s what tonight’s about.”
PLEASE read the following parable.
There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, ‘If I could only see the world, I will marry you.’ One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend. He asked her,’Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?’ The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn’t expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him. Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: ‘Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.’
This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations. LIFE IS A GIFT. Today, before you say an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone who has nothing to eat.. Before you complain about your husband or wife – Think of someone who’s crying out to GOD for a companion. Today before you complain about life – Think of someone who went too early to heaven. Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job – Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on your face and think: you’re alive and still around.
Think of the above as 2013 comes to a close….and, as you begin 2014. 🙂
Have a very blessed New Year!
Less than an hour after I uploaded this entry, I saw that a Facebook friend tagged me in the video below, because as she stated, “If I tagged you it’s because I think you love horses or just a positive story about friendship and animals.” Coincidentally, the story is about the relationship between a blind horse and a goat. I decided to share it with the parable above.
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Thank you and many blessings.
By now, I’m sure every one is familiar with the story and video below since it occurred more than two weeks ago…and, has over 33 million hits on YouTube. 🙂 However, since today IS Christmas, I decided to post it. It puts a smile on my face and I hope it does the same for you. Merry Christmas!
BY JENNA MCMURRAY ,CALGARY SUN
FIRST POSTED: MONDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2013 10:53 AM MST | UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013 10:08 AM MST
The clever Christmas surprise engineered by a Calgary-based airline soared onto social media and into the hearts of many Monday.
WestJet posted its “Christmas Miracle” video on YouTube overnight Sunday and had more than 315,000 views in the first 24 hours.
Plans for the video began in August. With 19 hidden cameras, it detailed the travel of 250 people total on two flights to Calgary — one from Hamilton, the other, Toronto — on Nov. 21.
Guests were greeted by Santa on a screen at the airports — Old St. Nick even addressed them by name.
He asked passengers what they’d like for Christmas. While they rattled off their wish lists, volunteers took notes.
“We were accumulating our list and checking it twice,” said Robert Palmer, manager of public relations. “We didn’t do the naughty or nice thing — that was too much work.”
As the flights took off, WestJet volunteers in Calgary worked with partners CrossIron Mills and Best Buy to gather gifts.
When passengers arrived at YYC, they gathered at the baggage claim waiting for their luggage, but instead …
“What came down were all the presents, exactly what they asked for,” said Palmer.
The 357 gifts ranged from socks and underwear to a snowboard and an Android tablet to a big screen TV.
Some requests weren’t possible — world peace — but WestJet did its best, said Palmer, noting a wish for a husband was met with a Ken doll and the dream for a new car landed one gentleman a toy version.
The airline promised when the video views hit 200,000, it would donate flights to reunite a family over Christmas through Ronald McDonald House. The family has not yet been chosen.
On Twitter: @SunJMac
1. Not traveling when you had the chance.
Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and need to pay the way for three-plus people instead of just yourself.
2. Not learning another language.
Apatow Productions / Dreamworks
You’ll kick yourself when you realize you took three years of language in high school and remember none of it.
3. Staying in a bad relationship.
No one who ever gets out of a bad relationship looks back without wishing they made the move sooner.
4. Forgoing sunscreen.
Wrinkles, moles, and skin cancer can largely be avoided if you protect yourself.
5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.
“Nah, dude, I’ll catch Nirvana next time they come through town.” Facepalm.
6. Being scared to do things.
Looking back you’ll think, What was I so afraid of?
7. Failing to make physical fitness a priority.
Too many of us spend the physical peak of our lives on the couch. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, you’ll dream of what you could have done.
8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles.
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Few things are as sad as an old person saying, “Well, it just wasn’t done back then.”
9. Not quitting a terrible job.
20th Century Fox
Look, you gotta pay the bills. But if you don’t make a plan to improve your situation, you might wake up one day having spent 40 years in hell.
10. Not trying harder in school.
It’s not just that your grades play a role in determining where you end up in life. Eventually you’ll realize how neat it was to get to spend all day learning, and wish you’d paid more attention.
11. Not realizing how beautiful you were.
Too many of us spend our youth unhappy with the way we look, but the reality is, that’s when we’re our most beautiful.
12. Being afraid to say “I love you.”
When you’re old, you won’t care if your love wasn’t returned — only that you made it known how you felt.
13. Not listening to your parents’ advice.
You don’t want to hear it when you’re young, but the infuriating truth is that most of what your parents say about life is true.
14. Spending your youth self-absorbed.
You’ll be embarrassed about it, frankly.
15. Caring too much about what other people think.
SNL / Paramount
In 20 years you won’t give a damn about any of those people you once worried so much about.
16. Supporting others’ dreams over your own.
Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine.
17. Not moving on fast enough.
Old people look back at the long periods spent picking themselves off the ground as nothing but wasted time.
18. Holding grudges, especially with those you love.
What’s the point of re-living the anger over and over?
19. Not standing up for yourself.
New Line Cinema.
Old people don’t take shit from anyone. Neither should you.
20. Not volunteering enough.
OK, so you probably won’t regret not volunteering Hunger Games style, but nearing the end of one’s life without having helped to make the world a better place is a great source of sadness for many.
21. Neglecting your teeth.
New Line Cinema
Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will all seem so maddeningly easy when you have dentures.
22. Missing the chance to ask your grandparents questions before they die.
Most of us realize too late what an awesome resource grandparents are. They can explain everything you’ll ever wonder about where you came from, but only if you ask them in time.
23. Working too much.
No one looks back from their deathbed and wishes they spent more time at the office, but they do wish they spent more time with family, friends, and hobbies.
24. Not learning how to cook one awesome meal.
Parkwood / Columbia
Knowing one drool-worthy meal will make all those dinner parties and celebrations that much more special.
25. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment.
Young people are constantly on the go, but stopping to take it all in now and again is a good thing.
26. Failing to finish what you start.
“I had big dreams of becoming a nurse. I even signed up for the classes, but then…”
27. Never mastering one awesome party trick.
You will go to hundreds, if not thousands, of parties in your life. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the life of them all?
28. Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.
Don’t let them tell you, “We don’t do that.”
29. Refusing to let friendships run their course.
People grow apart. Clinging to what was, instead of acknowledging that things have changed, can be a source of ongoing agitation and sadness.
30. Not playing with your kids enough.
When you’re old, you’ll realize your kid went from wanting to play with you to wanting you out of their room in the blink of an eye.
31. Never taking a big risk (especially in love).
Knowing that you took a leap of faith at least once — even if you fell flat on your face — will be a great comfort when you’re old.
32. Not taking the time to develop contacts and network.
Networking may seem like a bunch of crap when you’re young, but later on it becomes clear that it’s how so many jobs are won.
33. Worrying too much.
As Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”
34. Getting caught up in needless drama.
Who needs it?
35. Not spending enough time with loved ones.
Our time with our loved ones is finite. Make it count.
36. Never performing in front of others.
This isn’t a regret for everyone, but many elderly people wish they knew — just once — what it was like to stand in front of a crowd and show off their talents.
37. Not being grateful sooner.
It can be hard to see in the beginning, but eventually it becomes clear that every moment on this earth — from the mundane to the amazing — is a gift that we’re all so incredibly lucky to share.
Origin of this blog post: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/37-things-youll-regret-when-youre-old
Today is GIVING TUESDAY. Please think of others today and give what you can. If you cannot afford to give to a charity, give of your time, buy someone lunch, give a HUG – just do something for someone else today that will put a smile on their face. Have a blessed day.