Little Things

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After September 11th, one company invited the remaining members of other companies who had been decimated by the attack on the Twin Towers to share their available office space.  At a morning meeting, the head of security told stories of why these people were alive.



As you might know, the head of the company got in late that day because his son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time.

One was late because of being stuck on the New Jersey Turnpike because of an auto accident.

One of them missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.

One’s car wouldn’t start.

One went back to answer the telephone.

One had a child that dawdled and didn’t get ready as soon as he should have.

One couldn’t get a taxi.

The one that struck a chord was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. And that is why he is alive today.


Now when you are stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone … all the little things that annoy you. Think to yourself, this may be exactly where I’m supposed to be at this very moment.


Next time your morning is going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can’t seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, don’t get mad or frustrated.Someone is watching over you.


May that someone continue to bless you with all those annoying little things and may you remember their possible purpose.

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