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>>Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 19:34:04 PST
>> UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE
>>I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently
>>completed my college degree. The last class I had to take
>>was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the
>>qualities that I wish every human being had been graced
>>with. Her last project of the term was called "Smile."
>>The class was asked to go out and smile at three people
>>and document their reaction. I am a very friendly person
>>and always smile at everyone and say, hello anyway.....so, I
>>thought, this would be a piece of cake, literally.
>>Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband,
>>youngest son, and I went out to McDonalds, on a crisp
>>March morning. It was just our way of sharing special play
>>time with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be
>>served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to
>>back away, and then even my husband did.
>>I did not move an inch...an overwhelming feeling of panic
>>welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had
>>As I turned around, I smelled a horrible "dirty body" smell,
>>and there standing behind me were two, poor homeless men.
>>As I looked down at the shortest gentleman, close to me,
>>he was smiling. His beautiful sky-blue eyes were full of
>>God's Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, "Good
>>day" as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The
>>second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend.
>>I realized the second man was mentally deficient, and the
>>blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I
>>stood there with them. The young lady at the counter asked
>>him what they wanted.
>>He said, "Coffee is all, Miss." because that was all
>>they could afford to be able to sit in the restaurant and
>>warm up; they had to buy something ..they just wanted to be
>>warm. Then I really felt it...a compulsion so great I almost
>>reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.
>>That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set
>>on me...judging my reaction. I smiled and asked the young
>>lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals
>>on a separate tray. I then walked around
>>the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a
>>I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue
>>eyed gentleman's cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in
>>his eyes, and said, "Thank you." I leaned over, began to
>>pat his hand and said," I did not do this for you...God is
>>here working through me to give you hope." I started to cry as I
>>walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my
>>husband smiled at me and said, "That is why God gave you to
>>me, honey....to give me hope."
>>We held hands for a moment, and at that time we knew
>>that only because of the Grace that we had been given, were
>>we able to give.
>>We are not church goers, but we are believers. That day
>>showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love. I returned to
>>college, on the last evening of class, with this story in
>>hand. I turned in "my project" and the instructor read
>>it....then she looked up at me and said, "Can I share this?"
>>I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She
>>began to read and that is when I knew that we, as human
>>beings and being part of God, share this need to heal people
>>and be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at
>>McDonalds, my husband, son, instructor, and every soul that
>>shared the classroom onthe last night I spent as a college
>>student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would
>>ever learn....UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.
>>Much love and compassion sent to each and every person
>>who may read this learn how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE
>>THINGS - NOTLOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.
>>If you think this story has touched you in any way,
>>please send this to everyone you know.
>>May God bless you.