Spend sometime with the people you love & care……..

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The telephone rang. It was a call from his mother. He answered it and his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday. Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. “Jack, did you hear me?”  “Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said.

“Well, he did not forget you. Every time I saw him, he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it”, Mom told him.  “I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.  “You know, Jack after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said.

“He is the one who taught me carpentry,” he said. “I would not be in this business if it were not for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important. Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said.  As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.  Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment.  It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time.  The house was exactly as he remembered.  Every step held memories. Jack stopped suddenly.  “What’s wrong, Jack? His Mom asked.  “The box is gone,” he said.  “What box?” Mom asked.

“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was “the thing I value most,” Jack said.  It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.  “Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said.  “I better get some sleep. I have early flight home, Mom.”

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day, Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. “Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read. Early the next day Jack went to the post office and retrieved the package.  The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention.  “Mr. Harold Belser,” it read.

Jack took the box out of his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope.  Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside. “Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett.  It’s the thing I valued most in my life.” A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filled his eyes. Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved: “Jack, Thanks for your time! Harold Belser.”  “The thing he valued most was my time!”  Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. “Why?” Janet, his assistant asked.  “I need some time to spend with the people I love and say I care for,” he said. “Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!”

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away and how much time we spend with the people who we love the most.  Relationships are like birds, if you hold tightly, they Die.  If you hold loosely, they Fly.  But if you hold with Care, they remain with you FOREVER.

94 thoughts on “Spend sometime with the people you love & care……..

    1. Dear Kamal,

      I agree with Tanvir. Your post indeed made me very emotional and teary. It has caused me to miss my late mother, and also prompted me to go and read the comments that you have left me at the special eulogy entitled “Khai & Khim: For Always and Beyond Goodbye”, which has since become a great deal longer and even more comprehensive, intimate and personal than it was. How I miss my mother!

      I have had to contained my emotions and composed myself before I could type out my comments here, and so I took the opportunity to read others’ comments left on your post. Thank you for your very touching post.

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      1. Happy Chinese New Year and a great February. This story is an eye opener in itself. We all need to spend time with people who we love and care for. Thank you for your valuable feedback at all times. Will definitely go and have a look at the blog. Have a wonderful day.🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  1. Wow! Kamal, a powerful and profound story! I always believe time is the most precious gift we can ever give anyone … and yet so many have trouble understanding this. Or perhaps they will, but only when it is too late. As you say it is a matter of balance…. too much and you restrict the growth of a person, too little leads to sadness and loneliness. A beautiful post that will stay with me!

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    1. Thanks so much dear Annika for your profound words. Same here this story of being kind and loving has stayed with me too and I feel we all need to be spending time with our loved ones with love and caring. Much love and light to you dear😊😊😊😊🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  2. Wow..such a touching story Kamal with a great moral… sadly we value things after we lose them..we should enjoy our time with the people we love ..because they may leave us suddenly..keep giving Kamal..God bless your steps👍👍👍🌹

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    1. Thank you so much Sohair for your valuable words and I totally agree with you. We must spend time with people we love and care and yes any moment when the time is right we have to leave and depart so why not let go and simply love with compassion. God bless and have a wonderful day.

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      1. Yes Yonnie and have you noticed in the olden days where were depressions, or stressed out people or anyone randomly committing suicide all because we have lost touch with spending time with people we love and care for. Welcome always dear. Love and light to you dear.

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  3. It is strange, Kamal, how the timing of something you read can be exactly right. I have been thinking a lot lately about how we invest so much of our time in things that ultimately don’t really matter, putting our children and loved ones aside to earn more money. I saw the song Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chaplin over at Willow’s blog the other day. It also talks to this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUwjNBjqR-c

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    1. Yes Robbie I completely agree with your words, we waste so much time in things that really does not matter putting everyone and everything to earn more and more and forget how to spend few hours with our loved ones. Will definitely have a look at Willow’s blog. Thanks so much dear.

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    2. The song spoke the truth of who we are from a child to a youngster to an adult and to an old person but in all this we have been so caught up with our lives that we have forgotten what it is to talk and be all the time with our loved ones and then it is time to depart and we realize where did we go in this world of working and working for few money. Inspiring song, Robbie and I loved it. Thanks so much.

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  4. This story is so true and inspirational but life and relationship. Kamal! We can get caught in our busy routine, but at the end of the day, we can’t find the value of the business. Yes, it’s the time we spend with our loved ones gives meaning to those moments. I enjoyed reading this story.

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