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Firefighters Help Dying Man Fulfill His Final Wish, The Story Behind Is Amazing

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Firefighters Help Dying Man Fulfill His Final Wish, The Story Behind Is Amazing

When we grow up as young men, we develop bold and aspirational goals that will shape our future destiny. These can relate to both our personal and professional lives, whether you want to follow the time-honoured tradition of saving three months’ wages to buy your loved one an engagement ring or wish to build a business that will change the lives of millions.

Former forest ranger Edward Reis probably held many of these aspirations himself during his youth, before fate struck a cruel blow and left him suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). This aggressive illness left him bedridden, forcing him to leave his home and move into a hospice in Washington. Not only this, but the illness also changed his perspective on life, forcing him to realign his goals and expectations.

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How the Snomish County Fire District Made a Dying Dream Come True

Gradually Reis’ condition became terminal, but this did little to dampen his spirit and love of the great outdoors. Passionate about the natural world, Reis discovered that he had an overwhelming desire to go outside just one more time, before his time came to pass. He shared this with a registered nurse by the name of Leigh Gardner, who was a nurse at the hospice and whom Reis had struck up a close and lasting bond.

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    After a brief discussion Leigh, who described Reis as a ‘gentle soul’, visited her hospice chaplain that her patient wanted to go outside one, final time. He shared her belief that they should make this happen, so they contacted the local Snomish Country Fire District and implored them to help making a dying man’s wish come true.

    They, of course, were only too keen to make this happen, an on March 26th, 2014, a team of firefighters arrived on-mass at the Evergreen Hospice and helped Reis onto their truck. From here, they took him on an emotional, three-hour excursion to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds, WA, granting his final wish as he was led across numerous trails, allowed to take in the fresh, spring air and left awe-struck by the sound of chirping birds. And with this, a loving and passionate soul had been restored, as its one, final wish came to pass.

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      How Reis Touched Hearts and Lives Across the Globe

      Little is known about Reis’ personal life, such as whether he ever experienced the joys of marriage or parenthood. After his last outdoor adventure, however, the firefighters who had accompanied Reis became his family, often visiting him as his life began to ebb away. It was not long afterwards that Reis finally passed, with his heart full of happiness and his final wish fulfilled.

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      While this story has touched millions across the globe and reinforces the spirit of generosity that exists within us all, it is also a warning to enjoy life and make the most of every single day. Remember, while your goals an aspirations may change as you get older, you must always strive to make your dreams a reality and your life as memorable as possible.

      Featured photo credit: Little Things via littlethings.com

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      10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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      10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

      We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

      A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

      So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

      • honest
      • reliable
      • competent
      • kind and compassionate
      • capable of taking the blame
      • able to persevere
      • modest and humble
      • pacific and can control anger.

      The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

      1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

      All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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      But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

      2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

      How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

      I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

      “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

      Abigail Van Buren

      3. How does this person take the blame?

      Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

      4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

      You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

      5. Read their emails.

      Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

      • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
      • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
      • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
      • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
      • Too many question marks can show anger
      • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

      6. Watch out for the show offs.

      Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

      7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

      A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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      Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

      8. Their empathy score is high.

      Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

      People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

      9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

      We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

      “One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

      Stendhal

       10. Avoid toxic people.

      These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

      • Envy or jealousy
      • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
      • Complaining about their own lack of success
      • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
      • Obsession with themselves and their problems

      Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

      Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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