What do you see?

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem that is spreading across the Internet:

Cranky Old Man:
What do you see nurses? What do you see?

What are you thinking when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice, ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice the things that you do.
And forever is losing a sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse. You’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of ten, with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters who love one another
A young boy of sixteen with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at twenty my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five, now I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide and a secure happy home.
A man of thirty, my young now grown fast,
Bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty, once more, babies play ‘round my knee,
Again, we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me. My wife is now dead.
I look at the future. I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young of their own.
And I think of the years, and the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles. Grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass, A young man still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years, all too few, gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people. Open and see.
Not a cranky old man.
~From Facebook group “Positive Change on Earth”~

Mathematics

If my mind was all mathematics, and my memories were merely numbers, I’d be sure not to carry the negative 1’s forward, But i would definitely show them in my “Workings out”, To be sure I didn’t negatively effect my score in the at the end of the test.

Love Comes In All Shapes and Sizes

This is a homeless guy who lives on a bridge in Dublin City. Last week his rabbit was grabbed from him and thrown into the river below.. the River Liffey. Which is one of the most horrible rivers in Ireland. The currents are really strong and it’s filthy.. Anyway, as soon as the rabbit hit the water this guy was already hurdling off the bridge and towards the freezing river to save her. After hitting the water and successfully locating her, he proceeding to pump air back into her, making her regain consciousness and basically come back to life. I was talking to him today along with another woman and she asked “Why in the name of God did you jump into the water? Did you not think about it?!” and straight away he replied with “No. I didn’t stop to think. I just jumped. It was an instinct.. I needed to save her.”

For saving the rabbit, he was given the ‘compassionate citizen award’ by the charity Aran. The guy who threw the rabbit in the river has been charged with animal cruelty.

The homeless man was also given carrots for his rabbit and dog food for his dog. They also offered him a job.

~Courtesy of Irene Styles from Awkward Moments (Facebook)~

Ghost Town

Priyapat Park, Ukraine..The park was completed and scheduled for a grand opening just a few short weeks before the disaster at Chernobyl in 1986. The park has been left abandoned ever since the evacuations. The gloomy atmosphere of the park reminds us of the horror that was Chernobyl and serves as an eerie anomaly of chance.

~ Courtesy of Bats Blood (Facebook)~

Under the sea

This is the Green Lake, situated in Tragoess, Styria, Austria. The lake sits at the foot of the snow capped Hochschwab mountains.

The lake looks unusual, in that it looks like an underwater park. That is because it is!

In the wintertime, the lake is almost nonexistent and the area is used as a park, which is a favourite among hikers.

In the springtime however, the ice and snow on the mountains melts, and this melt-water fills the basin below. The park is filled with this ice cold, almost crystal clear water. The lake looks green in colour due to the foliage beneath.

The water levels rise from about one or two metres deep in the winter to as much as 10 metres in the late spring and early summer.
The waters are at their highest in June when it becomes a mecca for divers keen to explore the rare phenomenon, before the waters recede at the end of July.

~ Courtesy of Jean from The Earth Story (Facebook)~

Love love love

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This is inspirational speaker Nick Vujuchic who was born without limbs. As a child one of his main regrets was that he’d never be able to hold his wife, it’s lovely to see he’s overcome this and even more beautiful to see living proof that there is someone for everyone…long live love

The Disney way of life

So you remember as a kid watching old Disney movies? And thinking back the morals they had? The parents just wanted the best for their children, children respect parents, they look for their one true love, they have a lovely white wedding and live happily ever after. Well Disney seems to have decided to keep the morals exclusively for films and disregard any of it on their channel.
When I was down visiting my partner’s family with him they were having trouble with their eight year old daughter who wasn’t respecting them, demanded more and more clothes and refused to behave. We couldn’t work it out until we were watching the Disney channel.
The children strut around with the parents being represented as stupid, the girls are obsessed with fashion and which boy they’re going to date next and take the mickey of each other. Rather than encouraging girls to be successful they had one mini episode where there was a boy and a girl fighting it out to be head of year, to win they start off saying their policies, then just go into general insults she says she likes him, they go off screen and he comes back covered in red lipstick kisses and says to vote for her…what is this teaching young girls??? Even my partner who enjoys a sexist joke as much as the next man was shocked and said it was too far.
The kids disrespecting their parents is ridiculous. They take the mickey and make it look like the children are more intelligent than the adults, which meant my partner’s little sister would turn around and gob off her parents hecause that’s what she’d been watching for the last hour.
The girls always talk about partying, being famous and clothes…what is that encouraging them to grow up to be? A wag? Great.
Because of this his sister see’s school as a chance to make her boyfriend ‘love her’ even more and wanted clothes despite her parents being in financial trouble. They can’t give them to their daughter so she screamed in the middle of a shop.
You could say it was down to bad parenting, but how can you teach an eight year old girl when everything you say is being undone by the tv?
One episode a relationship broke up, and within ten minutes she had a new boyfriend and said

“i don’t mind [about having to play in a band with her ex] I’ve got a new one[boyfriend] now” which just oozes morality.
These programmes are aimed at kids her age. And all they’re teaching her is to misbehave. Me and my partner suggested they block the channel and four months later she’s like a new girl. She occasionally has a slip up but all children do, she did as her mum said, she was polite and respectful and it was amazing to see.
So the point of this is; keep an eye on what your children are watching and what it is teaching them. It’s all harmless good fun but young children mimick what they see. So if a tv character is rebellious…the child will be.
So just keep watch for it…

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