What’s the best thing someone ever told you?

Our words or powerful. They can make us or break us. Have you ever been told something wonderful that you have always remembered? Maybe it is a compliment, a piece of advice you have always kept in your mind, or something marking a milestone in your life. Share the words that have made you feel the best on this week's Throwback Thursday.

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linda mc April 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

When I was in my early 20's, I was out with some friends and we stopped by a young woman's house to pick her up. It was a home she owned. Every woman in my family got married and bought a house with their husband and then stayed home with the children. It never occured to me that I could buy my own house. So when I graduated from nursing school in 1977, I bought a house. Still own that house. Still a nurse here.
I think this is important because I realized that even simple ideas or possibilities may not be obvious to young people who have never been exposed to them. A simple conversation or observation can change someone's life and perspective.


Regina Martin April 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

Nothing beats a try but a try!


Heather April 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

Pick your battles. Not everything is worth arguing about.


Teri Gruenberg, RN April 4, 2014 at 8:57 am

Several years after my grandmother's death, my grandfather and I were having a heart to heart talk about life in general. He gave me advice which I follow every day. He said, "If you love someone, tell them you love them every chance you get. When your grandmother was sick and dying, saying 'I love you' 100 times a day could not make up for all of my missed opportunities to let her know how important she was to me." Our family has taken this to heart. We don't end any phone call to a family member, leave the house, or go to sleep without saying, "I love you." It has not become a reflex to utter those words but rather is a conscious effort to let those we love hear and know they are loved.


Shirley April 4, 2014 at 8:28 am

At the end of Schndler's List, Schindler laments, after all he did, "I could have done more!" I can never forget this, and it inspires me to give a little more when I thought I've done enough.


Mary Lethbridge April 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

"The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arm." Benjamin Franklin as quoted by my father.


Kathryn Kaufman April 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm

You make my life better.


Robert April 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm

From a patient's husband after the ultrasound scan that I performed showed a huge ovarian malignant mass that others had overlooked by not listening to her.
"Thank you for saving my wife's life."
This is what we are here for.


Carol April 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got" ~ Change is good!!!!!!!


marcie April 3, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Good advice from Albert Einstein: Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.


Maren April 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

"When it rains, look for rainbows, when its dark, look for stars" This was written in my middle school yearbook and I still revisit these words often.

"Do or do not, there is no try" -Yoda


eric singman April 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

"Welcome to Wilmer"
I never imagined myself standing at the highest academic mountain and yet here I am. I still pinch myself to make sure this is not a dream that I am at JHH.


karl April 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

One of the great truths that i have found as i have gotten older is that race religion social standing really doesnt matter. There are only two types of people in this world GOOD AND BAD.
also 50cents for a condom or 18yrs of child support.


Dee April 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I have a few...

"You are true to your word, you said you would do whatever it takes to raise your daughter, and I've watched you work 3 jobs to do it.".....said by a co-working about 24 yrs ago.

"I'm so sorry, I should be more thankful to have a loving, supportive, godly mom like you and not selfish because you are taking our food to serve the homeless for Thanksgiving and asking me to go, I will go with a thankful heart ."....my daughter sent this in a card from college about 8 yrs ago.

"I could have never made it through the last 8 months this without you, when the time comes I hope you do the same for me"....my step dad, when my mom passed.


Basani April 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

My father has diabetes, and told my mother and I that he had a painful area on his ribcage. I thought that what I saw was most consistent with cellulitis on his stomach. My mother is a retired RN, and after seeing the erythematous peau d'orange on his upper abdomen, we both understood the importance of him getting checked out by a doctor. She couldn't convince him to go. They've been married 40 yrs, but he wouldn't budge.

I came over to him, asked him if I could take a look. Calmly, I told him that the area looked pretty bad, and if it's nothing he'll come home the same night--no big deal. I added that if he left it to worsen over the weekend, who knows where he could wind up? I persuaded him successfully.

After sending my 67 y.o. father to the hospital with what he returned with a diagnosis of cellulitis and his discharge summary.

He said, "Thanks Dr. Basani. Go to med school--make it official."

I will be taking the MCAT next year!


Cynthia Huesman April 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

"You are so beautiful and we love you. From the hearts of mother and dad." The last sentences ever written to me by my parents a short few months before my father's death.


Melinda Thomas April 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

Oh gosh, there are so many, but a few amongst many would be my mother telling me that I can accomplish anything in this life if I work hard and make education a priority, surround myself with good people, have a friend in every area of life, i.e. a good doctor friend, a good lawyer friend; it does not matter how much I know someone what matters is how much that persons knows me. I hated art in school and I can still hear Mrs. Leblanc say, "you can do it". I really could not grasp the concept of using twigs and leaves to create funny art. I get it now! I feel blessed having these experiences as I get to pass these on to my children.


marcie April 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

The best advice I received was from the acronymn T.H.I.N.K it helps me to use my words wisely and not walk away from a conversation without any regrets. I try to use my words to benefit as well as build up others. So to avoid hurting others and being full of regrets, make sure that your words are true, helpful, inspiring and necessary and kind.
T - true?
H - Helpful?
I - Inspiring?
N - Necessary?
K - Kind?
I challenge you to T.H.I.N.K before you speak


bruce trock April 3, 2014 at 11:43 am

The best professional advice I ever received was "Never spoil an apology with an excuse." If you have to apologize for something that wasn't done right or didn't turn out right just apologize and go about fixing it.


Victoria Moore April 3, 2014 at 11:13 am

The most wonderful compliment someone shared was "You're beautiful, so go out there and brighten up the world. They need it."


Catherine April 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

"The opportunity to serve is my reward". This was the reply of a complete stranger to the offer of a reward after seeing my employer's (> 20 years ago) barn starting to burn from the street, racing in and the stranger got the horses out. Every day, I try to live up to that pure ideal of behavior and mindset. All the horses (4) got out ok and the barn was rebuilt. I will never forget this. To good samaritans everywhere: infinite thank yous.


fjl April 3, 2014 at 10:21 am

TRUST IN THE LORD! I stand on these words when I am at my lowest, They bring me peace and the knowledge that what God has done brfore, He will do again.


Robert O'Connell April 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

I'd like to give you money.


Me April 3, 2014 at 9:26 am

Always leave a place better than you found it. This is advice everyone can use and not just for physical space. If we all did this, the world would be a much better place.


Susan MacDonald April 3, 2014 at 9:20 am

My father said "THINK".
My mother said "YOU CAN DO IT".

These two pieces of advice/wisdom have shaped my life.


Tareece April 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

If you don't want to work hard, work hard


Tia Richards April 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

Treat others the way you want to be treated!


Lori April 3, 2014 at 8:54 am

"Thank you, you saved my life."
No better feedback from patients!


AJ April 3, 2014 at 8:52 am

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body but rather to skid in sideways. Chocolate in one hand and a martini in the other with the body thoroughly used up, worn out and screaming Woo HOO - What a Ride! Work, Play, Live.


Kim Sain April 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

Try And Fail But Never Fail To Try


Bryan Farnen April 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

My father told me -- "You can always remember the truth, you can never remember a lie."


LINDA April 3, 2014 at 8:16 am

These words of wisdom have changed my life:
***Heal the soul first.....then healing of the mind and body must follow.
** I have also learned that Karma good or bad is the root cause of success and failure in EVERY aspect of life (and for those asking.....Karma is another name for the record of good or bad service that one offers to any one, any thing or any situation). Now I know why some good folks are suddenly beset by what looks like bad luck.....and why some bad folks seem to get away with almost everything they do. This frees me from judgments and allows me to accept all that is....cos I know Karma will catch up with them in due time.
** Heaven is MOST fair.
** What you focus on multiplies......What you do or say or think is blessed by heaven, multiplied and returned to you.


Marie Holden April 3, 2014 at 8:09 am

You will reap what you so (meaning all the wrong you do will come back to you CARMA)


Ella Mae Haber April 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

You are the wind benaeth my winds!


JoAnn April 3, 2014 at 7:51 am

Treat people how you want to be treated!!


Brenda April 3, 2014 at 7:28 am

The words that help my marriage came from an older couple, they told us the secret to a long marriage, "Was like a fire" you have to keep rekindling it to keep the fire going. So we still go out a lot, like we did when we dated.


marlen foster April 3, 2014 at 7:10 am

you have a hart of gold.


Jacqueline Womack April 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

You're stupid if you don't go [to college].


Cymantha (Cy) Governs April 3, 2014 at 7:07 am

You cannot change others. You can only change the way you react to others.


Julene Suggs April 3, 2014 at 6:58 am

I have been given advice about many things in my life but someone once told me that "a little bit goes a long ways". It was something I never forgot and always applied to my life nad it made a difference.

Julene Suggs


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