The beautiful people in your life

Perhaps we should refer to the people in our lives who positively influenced us as the “beautiful people Photo: wikimedia

MISSOURI, May 16, 2013 — Perhaps we should refer to the people in our lives who were influential in a positive way during our lives as the “beautiful people” because of the inner radiance.

For example, when you were very young, there may have been a relative who had an impact on your life. Their one on one discussions with you covered everything from school to what you wanted to be when you grew up. They may have helped you plan a way to accomplish your dreams. The experiences and interactions with these people made lasting memories.  

A teacher or coach may have also been one of those beautiful people in your life. At the time, you may not have thought they were great since they were constantly picking on you, but you were influenced quite a bit by these educators. Do you remember a coach who regularly harassed you for missing a tackle or not hitting hard enough? He would always get in your face and start hollering at you, but that was not the worst of it, because this man had the worse breath of any human being alive.

Did you ever have someone get in your face and holler, and you tried to hold your breath without them knowing it? You did not mind the hollering but their breath was sheer pain. To this day, you occasionally remember that coach and have a fond remembrance of him.

He taught you to be a team player and to show respect. He taught you to be aggressive and to never give up. That was a lot of teaching by a man whom, to this day, you respect even though he had the worst breath of any man you have ever known.

What about the people in your life whom you met while you were in the service? There were many comrades who were, and in many cases still are, a part of your life while serving in the armed services for your country.

Or how about the person that was influential in your work career? Surely there were people in your young career that you remember as your mentor.

Back in the 40s, technology was not as you know it today, but what they had were punch cards. This was very hard for a young sailor to learn, and he needed all the help that he could get.

There was a first class Petty Officer named Sam, who was very smart when it came to this forerunner of technology, as we know it today. This gentleman was married and had a little baby. Now, the sailor was also married, but had no children. One day Sam said to the young man that if he and his wife would babysit on certain occasions, he would come over and help him learn about this new mystic called a punch card.

As a result, the sailor became very knowledgeable in this field that led to a 54 year career in technology. To this day, he remembers and thanks Sam for being one of the beautiful people in his life.

Yes, many of you have similar stories of people that were not only a part of your life but were a part of the beautiful people in your memory data bank.   

Remember the beautiful people during your life. Humans have a tendency to set our sights on the now and the future, while forgetting those people who helped us along the path of life.

There is no age bracket on having beautiful people enter one’s life.  

However, that is a time and place from which I am.


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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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