Monday, January 10, 2011 “Hero Husband”
I don’t know about you, but whenever I see an older couple walking and holding hands together I think I hope that’s me someday…I hope I will be loved like that. There’s a couple like that folks are talking about this morning that had that deep love throughout their life. The Stoddard’s were known as the “lifeblood” of their church. They had been married for 56 years. They put their hearts into helping others…and have changed many lives…just so happens they were standing in line at a Safeway on Saturday to meet their Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords from Arizona, when a gunman opened fire. Mr. Stoddard got on top of her to tried to shield her. He died, but Mrs. Stoddard survived. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his wife. What an amazing love story. Full Story Here
Fast Acting Intern
He was the new guy – the intern – Daniel Hernandez starting working with Rep. Giffords just 5 days ago. He’s a poli sci major and his job was to sign in people and control traffic at Giffords’ event on Saturday at the Safeway in Tuscan, Arizona. Turns out he also had studied nursing. When the shooting started, he was more than 30 feet away around a corner, but he rushed to her side. He started checking the pulses of those hurt…he noticed she had been shot in the head, and he rushed to help her. He was able to shut off all emotions and get to work. He lifted her head, because he feared she might choke on her own blood and used smocks from the grocery store’s meat department as makeshift bandages for her and other victims.He asked her questions and although she couldn’t respond she was squeezing his hand. He saved her life.
Catching up on my DVR over the weekend I finally got to some of the shows on OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network). I have to admit I’m a big fan of her show “Master Class”. It’s well known people sharing their life lessons. The first star to be featured was, Diane Sawyer. One thing she said stuck in my head. She said she once heard of someone that instead of asking his kids “what did you learn in school today.” He asked them, “Did you ask any great questions today?”.
I resolved to ask that of my children. They will be taught many things. History Lessons. Spelling. Geometry. But, what you really learn about is what you become curious about. I want them to go deeper. Whether it’s dinosaurs or unicorns…or maybe God. I want them to ask great questions…be curious people…and love to learn. Hopefully I will have great answers.
The question isn’t “what do I get?” It’s “what do I give”?
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
For it is in giving that we receive.
To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.
Live life or life will live you.