This Inspired Me To Be A Better Person Hope It Does You.

by jg1969
48 replies
Two Choices

What would you do?....you make the choice.
Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one.
Read it anyway.. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a schoolthat serves children with learningdisabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:
'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do.

He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.
The father continued.

'I believe that when a child like Shay,who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:
Shay and I had walked past a parkwhere some boys Shay knew wereplaying baseball. Shay asked,'Do you think they'll let me play?'

I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on thefield and asked (not expecting much)if Shay could play. The boy lookedaround for guidance and said, 'We'relosing by six runs and the game is in
the eighth inning.
I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning..'

Shay struggled over to the team'sbench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart.

The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning,Shay's team scored a few runs but wasstill behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came is way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, Grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning,Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the basesloaded, the potential winning run wason base and Shay was scheduledto be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shaybat and give away their chance to winthe game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat.
Everyone knew that a hit was all butimpossible because Shay didn't evenknow how to hold the bat properly,much less connect with the ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to theplate, the pitcher, recognizing thatthe other team was putting winningaside for this moment in Shay's life,moved in a few steps to lob the ballin softly so Shay could at leastmake contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swungclumsily and missed.
The pitcher again took a few steps
forward to toss the ball softly towardsShay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swungat the ball and hit a slow groundball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over.
The pitcher picked up the softgrounder and could have easilythrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and thatwould have been the end of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw theball right over the first baseman'shead, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and bothteams started yelling, 'Shay, run tofirst!
Run to first!'
Never in his life had Shay ever runthat far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline,wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, 'Run to second,run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardlyran towards second, gleaming andstruggling to make it to the base.
By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had theball. The smallest guy on their teamwho now had his first chance to be thehero for his team.
He could have thrown the ball to thesecond-baseman for the tag, but heunderstood the pitcher's intentions sohe, too, intentionally threw the ballhigh and far over the third-baseman'shead.
Shay ran toward third base deliriously
as the runners ahead of him circled
the bases toward home.
All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay,
all the Way Shay'
Shay reached third base because the
opposing shortstop ran to help him by
turning him in the direction of third
base, and shouted, 'Run to third!Shay, run to third!'
As Shay rounded third, the boysfrom both teams, and the spectators,were on their feet screaming, 'Shay,run home! Run home!'
Shay ran to home, stepped on the
plate, and was cheered as the herowho hit the grand slam and won thegame for his team
'That day', said the father softly
with tears now rolling down his face,
'the boys from both teams helped
bring a piece of true love and humanity
into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer.
He died that winter, having never
forgotten being the hero
and making me so happy,
and coming home and seeing his
Mother tearfully embrace her little
hero of the day!
AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO
THIS STORY:

We all send thousands of jokes through
the e-mail without a second thought,
but when it comes to sending messages
about life choices, people hesitate.
The crude, vulgar, and often
obscene pass freely through
cyberspace, but public discussion
about decency is too often suppressed
in our schools and workplaces.


If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that
you're
probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well,the person whosent you this believes that we all can make adifference.

We all have thousands of opportunities
every single day to help realize the
'natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions
between two people present us with a
choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of
love and humanity or do we pass up
those opportunities and leave the
world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society
is judged by how it treats it's least
fortunate amongst them.

You now have two choices:

1. Delete

2. Forward
May your day, be a Shay Day.
#hope #inspired #person
  • Profile picture of the author RickGueli
    Dude, this is an awesome post (thank you!) except, it's a little hard on the eyes. You might want to consider using a smaller font, and preferably black for the most part. Your readership will improve that way

    Thanks though.
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    • Profile picture of the author jg1969
      Cheers for the reply Rick, yeh i no it a bit strong but new in here. Again thanx.

      Jay
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    • Profile picture of the author AnneE
      Originally Posted by RickGueli View Post

      Dude, this is an awesome post (thank you!) except, it's a little hard on the eyes. You might want to consider using a smaller font, and preferably black for the most part. Your readership will improve that way

      Thanks though.
      I think one size smaller font.... because the giant font broke your lines up on my screen (not a wide-screen). But I like it big and red and bold, because all the gurus are putting their sales lines at me, to get me to pay attention and I felt that you should, similarly, be trying to get my attention.
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      • Profile picture of the author jg1969
        Hey All

        Thanx for your kind words. I`ve read this letter several times and still brings a tear to my eye. Great motivation to be that better person. Oh and still sorry for making so big to read, must have been in a hurry to get on here.

        Jay
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  • Profile picture of the author jayden.fellze
    Wow, what a story!!! I just loved this post. I thinks many a times we underestimate the presence of goodwill and humanity in people. There are many people all around us who are always spending time in making others happy but they never get noticed.

    Instead all of our media is full of bad and useless people who either don't do anything in their life or do something that goes against every rule of humanity. May be this is the reason that people have gone cynical towards life. We must put such stories in notice as these are the kind of stories that we need to here every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdamHaroun
    Wow, that was an awesome read...and so profound.

    How often do we shy away from discussing those things that matter most, such as human decency and making positive life choices, keeping our thoughts to ourselves instead of standing up for what is right? I'll be the first to admit I'm guilty of it myself.

    Again, great post - but I would have to second the opinion on perhaps making the font slightly smaller
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rowe
    There is an edit feature on the board that you can use to change the font size in your post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Writing Pete
    Beautiful story! I do, however, agree with the others and hope you make this a little easier for people to read. If more people can comfortably read it, more people will be inspired!
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael patrick
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      wow great story but I cant see my little black font writing anymore! lol ouch everything is so big and red!
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      • Profile picture of the author Max Soto
        That's a Beautiful Story. But can you please change the font for an easier read.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          Telling a good story (in normal font) might have more impact than shouting it in huge red letters.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monique Abrams
    Wow! That story made me burst into tears!

    Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author jg1969
    Glad everyone likes this post as its my first. Oh and took all your advice and made it SMALLER !!!! ha
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  • Profile picture of the author Mikhail Jon
    Reading your story made me realize the different aspects in my personality that I should probably modify.

    Thanks for sharing your story!
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    • Profile picture of the author jg1969
      Hey khailim_88

      Glad to see there has been so many views of my first post and hope it keeps going. Everyone who reads this should feel the need to make the world a greater place to be.

      Keep it going at the top

      Jay
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  • Profile picture of the author AnneE
    I thought of this story today as an event showed me the better side of human nature, not because of a permanent limitation, but my own mental lapse.

    This morning I washed my son's pants without checking the pockets first and discovered to my horror his iPod Nano in the bottom of the washing machine AFTER the load had run. The timing made it twice as bad as he is leaving first thing in the morning on a 3-day school field trip. He's always had trouble sleeping in strange places and I knew that having an audiobook on his iPod would make it easier for him to sleep.

    I dreaded telling him that 1) the iPod might be ruined for good and 2) as a minimum the recommendation was to wait 2 or 3 days before trying to turn it on, so he couldn't take it on the trip.

    "That's okay, Mom" he said, "it's my fault."
    "No," I said, "these pants weren't in your hamper. I took them off a chair in your room to wash for the trip. I should have checked your pockets. I feel awful."
    "It's OKAY," he said. "Don't worry about it. Really, it's okay."

    And that was when I thought of your story and suddenly my mistake, my inconveniencing my son and possibly wasting our money, suddenly it was a parenting moment that I'll always treasure. For I was so proud of my son's kindness and to see that he cared much more for my feelings than for his own pleasure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary M.
    Beautiful stories - both from the OP and AnneE. Thanks for sharing and giving me the "warm and fuzzies".
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    The kindness of the human heart knows no bounds.

    Thanks for the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Party Plan Pat
    Originally Posted by jg1969 View Post

    Two Choices

    What would you do?....you make the choice.
    Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one.
    Read it anyway.. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

    At a fundraising dinner for a schoolthat serves children with learningdisabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.

    After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:
    'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection.

    Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do.

    He cannot understand things as other children do.

    Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

    The audience was stilled by the query.
    The father continued.

    'I believe that when a child like Shay,who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

    Then he told the following story:
    Shay and I had walked past a parkwhere some boys Shay knew wereplaying baseball. Shay asked,'Do you think they'll let me play?'

    I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

    I approached one of the boys on thefield and asked (not expecting much)if Shay could play. The boy lookedaround for guidance and said, 'We'relosing by six runs and the game is in
    the eighth inning.
    I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning..'

    Shay struggled over to the team'sbench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart.

    The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
    In the bottom of the eighth inning,Shay's team scored a few runs but wasstill behind by three.

    In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came is way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, Grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

    In the bottom of the ninth inning,Shay's team scored again.

    Now, with two outs and the basesloaded, the potential winning run wason base and Shay was scheduledto be next at bat.
    At this juncture, do they let Shaybat and give away their chance to winthe game?
    Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat.
    Everyone knew that a hit was all butimpossible because Shay didn't evenknow how to hold the bat properly,much less connect with the ball.
    However, as Shay stepped up to theplate, the pitcher, recognizing thatthe other team was putting winningaside for this moment in Shay's life,moved in a few steps to lob the ballin softly so Shay could at leastmake contact.

    The first pitch came and Shay swungclumsily and missed.
    The pitcher again took a few steps
    forward to toss the ball softly towardsShay.
    As the pitch came in, Shay swungat the ball and hit a slow groundball right back to the pitcher.
    The game would now be over.
    The pitcher picked up the softgrounder and could have easilythrown the ball to the first baseman.

    Shay would have been out and thatwould have been the end of the game.
    Instead, the pitcher threw theball right over the first baseman'shead, out of reach of all team mates.

    Everyone from the stands and bothteams started yelling, 'Shay, run tofirst!
    Run to first!'
    Never in his life had Shay ever runthat far, but he made it to first base.

    He scampered down the baseline,wide-eyed and startled.
    Everyone yelled, 'Run to second,run to second!'

    Catching his breath, Shay awkwardlyran towards second, gleaming andstruggling to make it to the base.
    By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had theball. The smallest guy on their teamwho now had his first chance to be thehero for his team.
    He could have thrown the ball to thesecond-baseman for the tag, but heunderstood the pitcher's intentions sohe, too, intentionally threw the ballhigh and far over the third-baseman'shead.
    Shay ran toward third base deliriously
    as the runners ahead of him circled
    the bases toward home.
    All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay,
    all the Way Shay'
    Shay reached third base because the
    opposing shortstop ran to help him by
    turning him in the direction of third
    base, and shouted, 'Run to third!Shay, run to third!'
    As Shay rounded third, the boysfrom both teams, and the spectators,were on their feet screaming, 'Shay,run home! Run home!'
    Shay ran to home, stepped on the
    plate, and was cheered as the herowho hit the grand slam and won thegame for his team
    'That day', said the father softly
    with tears now rolling down his face,
    'the boys from both teams helped
    bring a piece of true love and humanity
    into this world'.

    Shay didn't make it to another summer.
    He died that winter, having never
    forgotten being the hero
    and making me so happy,
    and coming home and seeing his
    Mother tearfully embrace her little
    hero of the day!
    AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO
    THIS STORY:

    We all send thousands of jokes through
    the e-mail without a second thought,
    but when it comes to sending messages
    about life choices, people hesitate.
    The crude, vulgar, and often
    obscene pass freely through
    cyberspace, but public discussion
    about decency is too often suppressed
    in our schools and workplaces.


    If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that
    you're
    probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well,the person whosent you this believes that we all can make adifference.

    We all have thousands of opportunities
    every single day to help realize the
    'natural order of things.'

    So many seemingly trivial interactions
    between two people present us with a
    choice:

    Do we pass along a little spark of
    love and humanity or do we pass up
    those opportunities and leave the
    world a little bit colder in the process?

    A wise man once said every society
    is judged by how it treats it's least
    fortunate amongst them.

    You now have two choices:

    1. Delete

    2. Forward
    May your day, be a Shay Day.
    Now that's change we can believe in! I love what Randy Pausch said, if you wait long enough everyone will show you their good side. This was a great learning story for me. I choose how to be and to whom and what a blessing that is!


    Gr8 story keep it coming (also helps me realize that I have it good, get up and do)!
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  • Profile picture of the author dowa16
    That was amazing...thanks so very much for sharing!
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    • Profile picture of the author Valorie
      This is a beautiful story. I watched Dr. Dwyer read it on a series he did for PBS. I believe it was out of his "Living with Intention" (paraphrased badly, but you should be able to Google it and find it) book. It was moving to watch as he read to an opera house full of people. It's on dvd, maybe a library near you has it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jg1969
    Thanx Valorie for the good info

    Jay
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  • Profile picture of the author MelodyInFlorida
    OMG!!! Your story made me cry with happiness for the little boy who I could see through your words and story to the human kindness of kids who could of chosen a different path....how beautiful and how blessed you were to have a Shay!
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    • Profile picture of the author jg1969
      Once again thanx Melody.

      Jason
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    Thanx all once again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Crash878
    That is a great story !! My nephew is a special need child but we don't treat him any different than a normal child. But there are time we do know we have to baby him other than that he is someone who brings joy into our lifes. once again great story i cant wait to have my nephew play baseball. wow what a game!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author BubbasBits
    This is truly a fantastic story that proves that in the natural order of things, we help ourselves and grow into better people by helping others.
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  • Profile picture of the author AyeSuccess
    l am touched by Shay's story. Thanks. It helps to remind me about my position in life and my committment to humanity.
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    • Profile picture of the author jg1969
      It still gets me every time i read it, thanx all

      Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author Palo Coyote
    This is a wonderful story.
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    • Profile picture of the author jg1969
      Cheers Palo thanx mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenW
    Its a wonderful story indeed. It truly reflects how we can help ourselves by helping others. The 2 teams put down their nature to compete and gave a opportunity to the kid and also the dad, giving them a truly unforgettable moment.

    This is how our societies should be like.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaijav29
    As I am a new member don't have friends here in the forum but I would like to say something that special childrens like Shay should be given more attention and love.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charan Saini
    Very inspiring story, I have come across this one before . Thanks !
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    Well.

    I'm crying.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketinggremlin
    I think there should be a warning on this post. I mean how can you be allowed to put up a story like that without even preparing readers. I nearly ran into a wall trying to make my way to tissue to wipe the tears from my eyes. Still getting choked up. Amazing story!!
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    wow,i'v just read it and its a great post.
    it will be awosome if using a smaller font so that easier and shorther to read.
    thank u
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  • Profile picture of the author Wizardofwisdom
    A lesson I learned from Wayne Dyer some years ago was this:

    Whenever you find yourself in an argument, especially with someone you love, stop and say to yourself, "Right now I can choose to continue to insist that I am right. Or I can be kind."

    Which would you choose?

    This lovely story reminds us that life is too short to be anything other than kind. As someone who's been involved in the "caring professions" most of my life, (I trained as a psychiatric nurse), I am often astonished at the ever increasing amount of rules, red tape and even legislation around the subject of how to look after the sick, vulnerable, elderly and so on - as if we need to *force* people into being kind!

    What has happened here? Are we naturally so cruel and barbaric that we need to be told to be kind to others?

    I prefer to think not. I think we are by nature good, (as a species), since we all recognise that none of us can function alone.

    Time to let our better nature shine through on its own again, perhaps?

    Trev.
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    It's a lesson for us all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul1234
    Great post.

    I live similar experiences every day as my 25yo old son was born both physically disabled and with cerebral palsy. He loves heavy-metal, banger racing movies, disabled skiing, and disabled sailing. His attitude to life inspires me more than anything could.

    He's the greatest gift I'll ever know.
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