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"Not trying to solve things is sometimes the best way to solve things. The highest form of listening is to just stand back, look the person in the eye and not say anything at all." -Penn
Its been nothing but peace, quiet and zero stress lately. I have been tip toeing around waiting for the winds of change but so far so good. When you stand back and come to realize what might be causing you stress the results might come as a shock. Sometimes it can be very humbling and sad. Other times you might find yourself chuckling and saying, "GEES! Why didn't I stop things before letting them escalate?" Regardless life is far too short and if you can't create a bit of serenity in your life then you are clearly not living. Life is meant to enjoy not walking around on eggshells or grinding your teeth down to the gums. Its the littlest things in life that money can't buy that are the most enjoyable. Its the hardest lessons in life that bring you the most wisdom.
With rocky roads comes solid ground and I am hoping to continue paving the way to a better life. One day at a time. Some say it will take a year to be back on track with life and if so I will learn the patience needed to get there. I can't change tomorrow. I can only live for today.
I came across two totally different stories this past week. Funny how the news can tell plenty of negative and sad stories then have one amazing story. To me both run parallel of each other but each have a valuable lesson for everyone to learn.
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." Tiger Woods Won't Help Half-Siblings?
Tiger Woods Won't Help Half-Siblings?
Tiger Wood's half-siblings say their calls for help from the golf superstar have fallen on deaf ears.
Woods' older half-sibling Kevin Woods has been battling multiple sclerosis and is now confined to a wheelchair. He needs a caretaker and is in danger of losing his San Jose home. Kevin's brother Earl Woods Jr. told ESPN's Rick Reilly that calls to their famous sibling have gone unreturned.
"I leave messages. I leave updates on Kevin, but for whatever reason I don't get a response. … Kevin loves Tiger. A call from Tiger would really pump Kevin up. When he doesn't call, it just makes him feel worse," Earl Woods Jr. said.
Woods' rep did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com's request for comment.
Earl Woods Jr., Kevin Woods, and their sister Royce, share the same father, Earl Woods, as Tiger. They are the offspring of Earl Woods' first marriage to Barbara Gary.
The Woods siblings remained close with their half-brother until he turned "about 15 or 16," and his star started to rise, Earl Woods Jr. said. Since their father's death in 2006, the half-siblings have been unable to contact Woods at all. No one seems to know the reason for the rift.
Now Kevin Woods needs his famous brother's help, Earl Woods Jr. says.
"Nobody's asking for money here, but [a caregiver] really would be nice for Kevin. It would make Kevin comfortable. He wouldn't have to leave his house. … But we'd at least like to be able to find out how Tiger is, to find out if he's OK, and to let him know if we're OK," Earl Woods Jr. told Reilly.
Barbara Gary Woods, Earl Woods' first wife, told Reilly, "I'm very disappointed in Tiger. Before he got all famous, they were in touch a lot."
Earl Woods Jr. was more vehement.
"I'd like to [slap] Tiger, wake him up. I'd like to say, 'Don't come knocking on the door when you need a bone-marrow transplant.' To see this is the response we get? Maybe when you see the world like he does, you don't see what other people are going through. But, seriously? You've got problems with your knee? That's nothing compared to what Kevin is going through. Nothing," he said.
Heroic Man Dies Saving Child from Powerful Riptide
A heroic 65-year-old man jumped directly into a powerful Florida riptide and rescued a little girl before suffering a "cardiac event" in the water that led to his death.
Alan Hall went to Honeymoon Island, Fla. Sunday to spend the day relaxing with his wife and daughter, but the day quickly took a dramatic turn.
While taking a walk with his wife, Eileen, to collect seashells, the couple spotted three children playing near the shoreline as a powerful current began to build.
"[My dad] said, 'I hope somebody's watching them. That's a pretty strong current,'" Julie Hall recounted.
Seconds later, the children started screaming for help. Their parents rushed into the water and were each able to pull a child to safety, but a third child, a little girl, was still in harms way in the rough water. Alan Hall jumped into the tide without hesitating, Julie Hall said.
"My dad was able to push Ruby out of the way and towards the shore, where it was safe," said Julie Hall.
Riptides, also known as rip currents, are extremely dangerous channels of discolored water that can form unexpectedly and pull swimmers away from the beach.
After pushing the child to safety, Alan Hall's heart stopped. Nearby boaters managed to get him back to shore, where a crowd was gathering.
His wife began performing CPR immediately but Alan Hall was not breathing and did not have a pulse.
"My mom said one of the things she remembers so strongly is the circle of people around him that all started praying for him," Julie Hall said. "That's something that has stuck with her."
Emergency medics arrived and attempted to resuscitate Hall, but they were unsuccessful. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Medical examiners have not yet released a cause of death, but Julie Hall said her father suffered from a "cardiac event."
A spokeswoman from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said that no lifeguards were on the section of the beach because it is not a designated swimming area. Other parts of Honeymoon Island State Park are open for swimming but only have seasonal lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Five-year-old Ruby, the child Alan Hall saved, traveled to the hospital with her parents and siblings to thank the Halls. The family had been on vacation in Florida, visiting from Ohio.
"They were so distraught and they were so guilty," Julie Hall said. "We told them not to feel guilty because if my dad had known the outcome, he would have done it anyway. That's how he lived his life. He would have done it regardless. He was one of those people that actually lived what he preached."
Hall said her recently-retired parents moved to the Land O'Lakes area of Florida from Connecticut not long ago. Her mother is a retired nurse and Alan Hall most recently worked in sales for Frito Lay.
The couple was getting ready to celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary. Hall said her mother is doing "as good as can be expected."
"I think because she's still in shock, she's okay right now," Hall said. "She's strong. She's tough."
Hall said her family is extremely proud of her father, and hopes the example he set will move others to perform acts of kindness and caring for strangers.
"He wouldn't have done it to be a hero, but he's probably grinning somewhere," Hall said.