My Uncle Bob, is very ill, and has been diagnosed with a short time to live.
I am very close to him and he has always been there for me no matter what.
He lives in Arizona, although we are 2000 miles apart we have and always will be very close.
It has been about 4-5 years since I last seen him and was looking forward to visiting him in the spring of 2009, and have him meet my son, and my next child due within the next couple of weeks, he was/is looking forward to that. He has supported me in whatever I have done. Uncle Bob has taken me in many times in the past when My parents where unable to due to financial reasons. he has often been the rock that I could lean on when noone else was there. He has been my uncle, a father figure, a brother, and most importantly a friend that loves everyone he has come into contact with unconditionally. his family has grown through adoptions and taking in those less unfortunate and he has never asked for a handout as long as I can remember.
Now I want to be there for him, As he has for me. I am unable to see himas much as I would like to but fnancially cant make it. i am not asking for anything more than a prayer.
I would like to ask for you to pray for him and his family that he can fight his illness and pull through. I know I pray for him night and day and not an hour goes through my mind that I dont Think of him.
he has taught me alot about dealing with people in life and in business.
The first is when you meet someone,to treat them not as a customer or a stranger but as a friend, that you have not seen in a long time. eventually they come back and they become a friend both personally and professionally.
Another thing that I remember him telling me years ago when I was around 11-12 yrs old, ( he was teaching me to paint with oils at the time)
" don't give up in whatever you do, because the minute you give up, you will never be able to take back those words, 'I give up' it plants a seed that can grow and lie dormant, and spring back to bite you in your ass.
if you feel that you are not doing well step back and look at what you have done. take a break and do something else, because in time you will figure out what went wrong, you can always repaint your canvas and start over, but the minute you throw your canvas away, it is gone forever"
he could take the worst of people and turn it into a positive everytime.
He has and always will be a source of great strength for me.
So please take a minute or two of your day and say a prayer for him and his family.