This was sent to me by a friend on myspace and it is too good not to pass on.

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down..

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. 'Really?' she heard whispered. 'I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!' and, 'I didn't know others liked me so much,' were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Viet Nam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before.. He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the

As she s tood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. 'Were you Mark's math teacher?' he asked. She nodded: 'yes.' Then he said: 'Mark talked about you a lot.'

After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher..

'We want to show you something,' his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket 'They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.'

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times... The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him.

'Thank you so much for doing that,' Mark's mother said. 'As you can see, Mark treasured it.'

All of Mark's former classmates started to gather around. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, 'I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my
desk at home.'

Chuck's wife said, 'Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.'

'I have mine too,' Marilyn said. 'It's in my diary'

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. 'I carry this with me at all times,' Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: 'I think we all saved our lists'

That's when the teacher finally sat down and cried. She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care for, that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.

And One Way To Accomplish This Is: Forward this message on.. If you do not send it, you will have, once again passed up the wonderful opportunity to do something nice and beautiful.

If you've received this, it is because someone cares for you and it means there is probably at least someone for whom you care.

If you're 'too busy' to take those few minutes right now to forward this message on, would this be the VERY first time you didn't do that little thing that would make a difference in your relationships?

The more people that you send this to, the better you'll be at reaching out to those you care about.

Remember, you reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.

I hope this gives you the same pleasure it gave me. Peace everyone

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Comment by Earther on July 7, 2010 at 8:33pm
I am surprised and glad that others agree this chainmail type message is disturbing. Im not totally surprised I am just always surprised someone else agrees with my thoughts. Im also surprised that so many people keep sentimental notes they wrote in school. That is kind of sad to me. Showing affection should not be so far and away that people feel like they have to hold onto one example of it for the rest of their lives.
Comment by Stump Parrish on December 17, 2009 at 1:55am
Thanks for the feed back John. I guess this is something that upsets people on this site. I had no idea and there is no way I could have. It has been a learning experience and I will keep it in mind for the future. I figured it would take me awile to learn my way around here and for once I was right, lol. Have a great day and please don't hesitate to give me advice about what is generally accepted on Nexus. I am enjoying myself here and learning everyday.
Comment by Stump Parrish on December 17, 2009 at 1:45am
LOL fletch, this is the first time I have come across this and again I simply wanted to share the pleasure I got out of it. I have no intention of sending this to everyone I know. Being relatively inexperienced with the net I had know Idea that this was as old as that. However if I worried about upsetting someone with every blog I posted, very little would ever make it online. I have no idea what Snopes is, however I will check it out asap. Thanks for the info. I am not on facebook or any other sites than here and myspace. This is something I am only sending to close friends that will enjoy it. I would like to state that I am not in the habit of sending out mass mailing of any kind. I figured people would have enough intelligence to read it and make their own mind up about what to do with it. I have noticed that when someone disagrees with what I post they generally delete me as a friend. That is an option that you still have if you so desire. I hope that is not the choice you make. I will also state that I will continue to post what is on my mind as I thought that was the whole idea behind a blog. Sorry if I got that one wrong in your opinion. I don't have a problem with spam as I make use of the spam filters that came with my security program. Have a great day and again thanks for the feed back, Peace
Comment by Stump Parrish on December 16, 2009 at 6:25pm
I'm quite sorry that these were your reactions to this. This is the first so called chain letter I have ever passed on to anyone. I found it to be quite touching and the regardless of the age of the letter it still carries an important message in my mind. Most people do take their freinds for granted, and very few ever take the time to express their true feelings of appreciation for their friends. These two negative comments are the only ones I've received. Perhaps the bad taste is due to your practice of taking your friends for granted, I don't know. As far as the story being true I have a question for you...Have you never read a work of fiction prior to this that touched you in a positive way? If the answer to that is no I would recommend you step back and ask yourself why not? I would venture to say that it is a reflection of your level of humanity and compassion. I for one am glad that I have feelings that can be touched as it helps me become the person I desire to be. Thank you for your honesty and please accept mine with the same level of respect. Peace and tolerance to all.
Comment by Marcus Craven on December 16, 2009 at 3:38pm
That is a really sweet nice story but I still despise chain letters and never send them along. Also because this is probably not a true story anyway it should be updated to Iraq or Afghanistan instead of Vietnam to make it current.

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