The value of patience

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  1. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004
    gentle sight readers,

    On this Valentine's Day I want to relay a story you may not have heard about.

    It seems that for Sarah Scantlin that last twenty years may be a waste of breath as some would have it. She is the victim of someone else's carelessness and has spent the last twenty years in a hospital bed just short of being regarded as a vegetable. You see, she was hit by a drunk driver as she walked to her car one evening and has spent these last twenty be able to do little else than occasionally blink her eyes; once for yes, twice for no.

    One day, recently, as a speech therapist was in the room working with other patients the therapist heard a throaty, raspy "Okay" come from behind her.

    It was Sarah. After twenty years, it was Sarah.

    She didn't want her parents, those parents who had aged in a way that only grieving yet hopeful parents could, to know quite yet.

    She wanted to practice speaking so she could communicate as effectively as she could.

    She wanted to practice. After twenty years she wanted to practice.

    And so, practice she did until the day that her parents received a phone call from the staff of the residence where Sarah has been through four presidents, the 9/11 disaster, the advance of home computers, the availability of cell phones and the advent of rap.

    "Are you sitting down, Mrs. Scantlin? Someone wishes to speak with you."

    "Hi, Mom."

    "Sarah? Is that you?"


    "How are you?"


    "Is there anything you need?"

    "More makeup".

    What else will Sarah accomplish? No one knows but G-d.

    So, my question to you all is:

    What will you accomplish today? Is whatever you're working on worth perhaps a little more investment of time and patience? Are you willing to put in a lot of time to have it work a little bit better?

    I guess good things really do come to those that wait. And practice.

    Have a nice Valentine's Day, everyone.

  2. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

    Nov 30, 2003
    Manchester / London
    Thanks for the reminder, Manny.

    Happy valentines to you too!
  3. silverstar

    silverstar Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 6, 2005
    That is a great story! Good for her!

    Happy Valentines Day to you, Manny, and everyone here!

  4. tpter1

    tpter1 Forte User

    Jan 12, 2005
    Northern New York
    Manny- Thanks so much for helping me focus my energies in a positive way.

    I guess we can extrapolate practice to preparation, as well. With that, may I add this humble offering:

    "Luck happens when opportunity meets preparedness".

    I picked that up many years ago from my student teaching supervisor who loaned me some philisophy tapes. I would drive around the Albany area listening to them. That idea was central to the message on the tapes, and has stuck with me all these years.

    It was not luck that allowed you to obtain your position; it was not luck that enabled Sarah to speak with her parents. It was practice and determination which allowed those things to happen.

    Thank you for reminding me.
  5. Mikey

    Mikey Forte User

    Oct 24, 2003
    And a big thank you from me too.

    Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone!

    And thanks again for all your help over the years....


  6. Anonymous

    Anonymous Forte User

    Oct 21, 2003
    Thanks for the forum Manny!
  7. gordygourmet

    gordygourmet New Friend

    Sep 30, 2004
    St. Cloud
    Thanks as usual, Manny.

    happy Valentine's Day everybody!! Kiss your sweety! For me, that will be my Bach Bb!

    Patrick Thorn
  8. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

    Nov 30, 2003
    Manchester / London
    Me too.... oh dear I do need to get out more ;-)

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