Not a question, just wanted to share something that has helped me in the hopes that it might help you.
I am writing to share something that is very important to me about my father and his slightly younger brother, my Uncle Bub, a very simple and beautiful guy. Bub liked writing, but he gave away everything he wrote. He did not care for material things. Dad often spoke, with some pride, that Bub could have put everything he owned in one suitcase. That when he bought a new pair of shoes, he left the old shoes in the store.
In 1941 my father had just married my mother, they had graduated from the University of Georgia. Bub was a junior. They were living a peaceful existence in Athens, Georgia. One cold fall day, their world was torn apart. December 7th Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, destroying most of our Pacific fleet, three days later Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
Dad's last memory of Bub was when he put him on a train for Sebring Florida Air Force Base, all his possessions in that one small suitcase. Dad went into the Navy at Savannah Georgia, then on to the South Pacific.
A year later a few days before Christmas the transport plane carrying Uncle Bub and 79 others was attempting a landing in a heavy fog. The tower had warned off the pilot. His last words were, "This is war and we've got to take chances." Bub was dead at the age of 20.
Dad was unable to get leave to return for the funeral. He went into deep depression about how could this happen! How could someone so young, innocent and guiltless be taken away in such a stupid, pointless way? Dad almost lost faith in God for permitting this to happen.
The mail was slow in those days, about a month later Dad got a letter from Bub. A letter that seemed to be from beyond the grave, a letter that Bub mailed shortly before his death. All that letter contained was the enclosed poem.
Dad carried it throughout the war. Whenever he felt afraid. Whenever he wondered if he would return to Savannah and find the city had been attacked, everyone including my mother and me killed. Whenever he felt the mortal fear of death stalking his ship. Dad read this poem:
Thanks this was something very worth sharing and because you shared it Bub Marsh's little poem that he wrote way back in 1942 will help many now and many to come maybe for ages to come. We never know how much impact we have nor how many we affect or even will affect. I am sure when Bub wrote that, he had no idea it would go any further than your dad. He had no idea that what he wrote would have an impact on people in 2012 and that it would help many people maybe thousands to come but it has now that you shared it it will.
We pass though life here then gone but our words, it is our words that may live on and who know how long. We still quote people that were some of the first people to arrive in our country. It is 2012 and we still remember and quot people from 1776! "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country!" That is powerful stuff! And, who knows, maybe someday on some other planet long after we have populated other planets those words will still be remembered as words that started from an American Earthling named Nathan Hale. So who knows how long your uncles poem will influence people, we on this passing life can only imagine.
As we write we can imagine the lives that we may touch maybe for many generations to come even long after we are gone. It is enough to humble us and make us feel like every word we write has an impact and is important. When we really stop to think on it, it blows the mind, "I may be dead for the rest of eternity as this identity but my word lives on, maybe forever..."
interesting Dollar Bill. but i will ask you a fee question if this have help you and it talks about God then why the resistance? why the ego and the search for more money and powers? you also came resistant to bible words? is there some bad experience with religion that made you resistant?
answered 27 Mar '12, 05:23
@White Tiger, happy to have piqued your "interest" I do have a few questions about your response. Need some clarification. Kindly respond,
In my other post, about "More, Better, Faster. . . ." I was not talking about money, or power. More about spiritual advancement and better understanding of the nature of existence.
answered 29 Mar '12, 14:13
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