LIFE Can Change In An Instant - Part 1

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We are individually responsible for the life we want to live. We have the right to make choices, whether good or bad, that may or may not affect the rest of our lives. We are in charge of our own destiny . . . for the most part.

Sometimes, change happens in an instant when it is least expected. And we have no choice but try to modify and adjust our lives accordingly. Occasionally, this instant change can be exciting and welcomed. Other times, it can cause pain and lasting scars.


LIFE CAN CHANGE FOREVER IN AN INSTANT AND LOOK VERY DIFFERENT THAN IT DID JUST A MINUTE AGO.


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My inspiration for this article came to me after reading Kelly’s (RealHousewife) hub titled Say Uncle!

The instant Kelly heard that her Uncle Mick had been in a very serious accident, her life changed. No longer did anything else matter at the moment. Mick’s life changed drastically in a split second, and Kelly’s did too as she had to quickly pull herself together to be with him five hours away. And their lives will continue to change when Mick travels to Missouri to live with Kelly and her family while he recovers.

Kelly, best wishes to you, your family and for Uncle Mick's full recovery.

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My life changed instantly one morning while I was getting ready for work. A local radio station, Soft Rock 102.1 WDOK, had sent contest post cards through the U.S. mail to homes in the Cleveland, Ohio, area and its suburbs. In addition, you could pick up additional contest cards at local events like I did when I attended a Home & Flower Show just the week before. These cards contained random numbers for a chance to win money. The contest ran daily for at least a couple weeks.

WDOK continuously announced winning numbers throughout the day every couple hours or so. If you were listening and your number on the postcard matched, you had 30 minutes to call the station to claim your prize. The daily top prize was announced faithfully at 7:20 a.m. Obviously, this was a time of day when many fans were tuned in while sitting in rush hour traffic. Personally, I was still home staring at the bathroom mirror applying make-up.

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My clock radio alarm was always set to WDOK, and I would leave it on until I left the house. At 7:20 a.m., disc jockey “Trapper” Jack Elliot announced the long, winning number. With mascara in hand, I walked around the corner to the kitchen to check my numbers that I had hung on the tiny bulletin board. In this INSTANT, my life changed. I began to shake and kept repeating “oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.” I couldn’t think. I kept staring at the post card. “Oh my gosh.”

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I immediately picked up the corded phone from the wall (this was mid 1990’s, no cordless phone) and first called my Mom? Why? I have no idea other than I knew that I had one half hour to call the station.

“Mom, you are NOT going to believe this. Trapper CALLED MY NUMBER!!!" I screamed. "MY number, the card that I got at the show last week.”

Like mother like daughter. “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh Sharyn, did you call the station?”

“No, NO, I called you first.”

“CALL THEM silly, hurry.” Mom hung up and I’m sure quickly turned on the radio.

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DJ "TRAPPER JACK" Source: Marvin Fong, Cleveland Plain Dealer

I took a long, deep breath and dialed the station. I was so nervous and trembling. Then I started second guessing if I read the number correctly? Oh my gosh.

“Hello, WDOK.”

I was pacing back and forth as far as the phone cord would reach. “Uh, hi, um, I think I have the winning number.”

“Okay, what is your name?”

“Sharyn.”

“Okay, Sharyn, I’m going to place you on hold for a minute.”

Many minutes went by which seemed like forever. Trapper Jack finally took my call. I was live on the air.

Trapper had me repeat my series of numbers. THEY MATCHED!

“Sharyn from Parma, Ohio. YOU JUST WON TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!”

“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.”

Of course, Trapper kept me on the air for a bit asking me questions like what was I going to do with the money. I don’t remember today exactly how I answered. I do know that “oh my gosh” was at the top of my vocabulary at that instant.

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I’m still not sure why I decided to go in to work (a bit late) that day. I remember that after I shared my excitement with my coworkers, that I couldn’t concentrate on my job. They sent me home for the day.

Part of the “winning agreement” was to go down to the radio station and record a promotional commercial for WDOK. Later that afternoon, my Mom and I traveled to the station. We met all the radio personalities that until then, we had only heard their voices. It was an extremely fun and exciting experience. For the next couple weeks, every so often you would hear ME on the radio when they would play “my commercial” and also “my early morning ‘oh my gosh’ phone call in to the station” that changed my life in an instant.

Of course, some people might say that $10,000 won’t change their life drastically. It certainly did for me. At that time, I was in a bad relationship that I had been contemplating leaving for awhile. After paying Uncle Sam, this financial boost was exactly what I needed.

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This instant change in my life had an extremely positive outcome.

Some instant changes have tragic affects.

WARNING: Disturbing Home Video From Indiana State Fair


Just yesterday, August 13, 2011, a main stage collapsed onto a crowd of people at the Indiana State Fair killing at least five people and injuring dozens more. Fair goers were eagerly awaiting a Saturday night performance by the country band Sugarland when 70 mph winds blasted through the fairgrounds. Lives were lost and countless lives were deeply affected in a matter of seconds and will never, ever be the same.


When life changes in an instant, it can certainly be positive or negative. The instant change can make us happy and filled with joy OR cause extreme sadness and heartbreak. Either way, it transforms our lives forever.

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Sharon,

RH's hub was beautiful and so is this. I've had many one sec. life changers. Most of them, not very positive I'm afraid, but of course there have been good ones too. This is a great topic because it's very original, and causes us to think. Up useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting my friend.

jim


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Jim,

You are quick :) Thanks so much for your awesome comments and votes too! They are very much appreciated. One second life changers happen to us all. I remember reading about some of yours. So glad you are here to talk about it. Have a great evening!

Sharyn


Husky1970 5 years ago

"Oh my gosh" Sharyn's Slant, what a story! You must have been totally ecstatic. That Sugarland stage collapse was certainly another one of those moments. So was 9/11/2001. Everyone experiences those life changing moments to one degree or another. What a great job you did relating yours to your readers. Extremely well expressed and well written hub. Keep the hubs coming. Voted up, beautiful, and interesting.


marellen 5 years ago

How Sharyn.....That must have been oh my gosh....I'm saying it too. Yes, anyone can have something change for them in a second. I read RH story too. She is a sweetheart and a good person. Great hub..


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Good Evening Husky,

OMG, your comments and votes are such a compliment and very much appreciated. Yes, 9/11 is a big one for sure. I can't believe it's been almost 10 years already. I'm sure we'll never really know how many lives were changed in an instant during that tragedy. I certainly felt like mine was changed and I wasn't there nor do I even know anyone involved. So sad!

Thank you, I'm really glad you stopped by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Mar,

Winning that money was a "huge deal" back then. I felt extremely blessed. Of course, there are other "changes in an instant" in my life that weren't so positive. And I agree, Kelly is such a sweetheart! Thanks for stopping by and for your awesome comments. Take care,

Sharyn


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

You are so right, our lives can change in an instant. Its always best to live for today, really take some time every day to look around and sense all the incredible sights and sounds we are gifted to experience. In the billions of years the earth has been in existence, what a miracle that we have been born to live and take it all in... Thanks so much for sharing!


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

Yes, Sharyn the only constant in life is change - I've experienced both positive and negative (and with the right perspective, even the negatives have a purpose). Just wish that the negatives would just skip to the purpose instead of taking their own sweet time. I now look at the negatives as the "speed bumps in life".


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

FANTASTIC! Sharyn. first of all, I am very sorry for Realhousewife and the trevails of her uncle.

congratulations...these many years later....on your BIG WIN! Yea! Sometimes, 'the magic works.'

This is a great hub, Sharyn...such a fast read, too...very interesting and kept my attention raptly (is that a word? if not, it should be, huh?)

Up Awesome, I, B, A, F, U!!!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello carco,

What a beautiful comment. You are so right! We really must live for today and enjoy all the miracles around us. Thank you for stopping by and following. I hope you have a great day!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Good Morning tarrka,

Very good point! Negative changes, with the right perspective, can have a purpose in life. I like the term "speed bumps" - makes all negativity sound a little lighter :) Thank you for your great comments!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Good morning Kathy,

You always leave such awesome and heartfelt comments. I appreciate you my dear friend.

And thank you for mentioning about the hub - fast read, kept your attention, etc. I have consciously been trying to work on being a better writer, i.e., keeping the readers attention, not making the hub too long, etc. A new change for me is to have more than one part so I hope to have Part 2 out this week.

Thank you again, hope you have a beautiful day!

Sharyn


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

This is amazing, Sharyn, because my observations are absolutely how I perceived this hub and then, to learn that this is what you're striving for is "way cool!" You see...you've got it and are a "quick study" when it comes to your own instructions!!! Yea!!! UP UP and Away!! Back at ya' w/the beautiful day!!!

Your friend, kathy


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Thank you Kathy, always! Big Hugs!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

How beautiful the message is Sharyn! It was so exciting to hear about the winning! But then all the way throughout this - up you keep proving what a wnner you really are! Thank you so much for your wonderful story and your kindness. I feel like a winner just knowing you! Thank you again - your amazing!!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Aw Kel, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Please tell us how you are holding up with the recent "instant change" in your life? How is Uncle Mick doing? Thank YOU for the inspiration for this piece. Take care of yourself!

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You're so welcome Sharyn! I just finished painting his room - it was pink;) now it is oyster shell - I am having a hospital bed delivered today and from his room he will have a view of the beautiful corn field in back! He sounded great when I spoke to him yesterday - he can't wait for Thursday because I get to being him home:)!!!!

I'm a little scared. But with supportive friends like you, I know I can do it!! Thank YOU!


marellen 5 years ago

Good luck Real....everything will be great. Kudos to your husband for being supportive. I don't know what kind of care Mick will need, so make sure you see what State programs are available to you.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Hey Sharyn,

Without change we cant grow and sometimes even the changes that bring a little grief or pain make us stronger.

Thanks for sharing and I know RH's uncle will get better soon.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kel,

Of course you can do this - you are a strong woman. Many of us here at HP are thinking about you and hoping Mick continues to get better. That is so cool that you painted the room for Mick but I'm sure he really doesn't care about the color :) He just needs his niece and her family now. Best wishes to all of you!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Mar,

You are right. Depending on what Mick needs, he may qualify for some assistance to make it a little easier on the family. There are so many resources out there.

Have a great night!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Cardisa,

Changes that cause pain sometimes do make us stronger. It's the changes that are so drastic, like an unexpected death, that can be difficult to ever understand the purpose. Thank you for your sweet comments!

Sharyn


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

That stage collapse and like tragedies make me aware that we must always be ready spiritually. Life indeed can change in an instant for positive or pain. Even when the change is a great one, we must be strong and ready to handle the new future. I believe humans are like a tube of toothpaste. When one is squeezed, what is deep inside comes out. The real person appears. I pray my integrity does DNA deep.

Excellent Hub you have here Sharyn.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Oh my gosh I felt your excitement for the win!!! That's fantastic! I know the feeling I've hit the numbers a few times....not thousands, mine were hundreds but just as fun! So sad about the Indiana State Fair, with that storm going on no one should have been outdoors...heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing your story Ms. Sharyn Slant :)


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Hyphen,

I agree, even if the instant change is a great one, we do have to adjust. I like the toothpaste thought :) And the tragedy in Indiana is just one little example of how lives change in an instant. If we aren't prepared spiritually, it can be very difficult. You are right! Thanks so much for comments.

Sharyn


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Sharyn,

I would like to join your choir as this article is about as real as it gets. I love how you addressed this subject and especially agree with Hyph's remark.

By surviving six gunshots and watching my friend die in 1999, I treasure each day as a gift with a much gentler perspective on most issues. Thank you for raising our self awareness.

Voted UP & UABI-- have a good night, mar.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Sunshine,

I was quite excited at the time. It was so unexpected. And came at such a perfect time too.

I just saw more information about the Indiana State Fair on Dr. Drew this evening. Very sad. Mother Nature sure changes things in an instant. Thanks so much for your comments. Have a great evening!

Sharyn


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm also watching Dr. Drew and I also am so proud of the Hoosiers for running towards the danger zone and not away from it. I was impressed the first time I seen the tragic event happen and I'm still impressed. Go Hoosiers! Have a great night Sharyn!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Maria,

Gosh, your story is certainly an example of how one's life can change in an instant. I feel so horrible when I think about what you went through. I do believe that your tragedy has changed you in many ways and in turn, you have helped countless others see the beauty in life. Because you see each day as such a gift, I feel you have made me look at life differently, simply through your writing. Your strength, love and compassion illuminates for all to see. I am really glad that our paths have crossed. You are truly an inspiration! With much love,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Sunshine,

I was thinking about what I would have done in that situation. I do think I might have ran towards the stage to help others. It is awesome to know that so many Hoosiers did just that. I'm sure they saved lives. Very cool how people reacted in such a tragedy. Thanks for stopping by again - ditto!

Sharyn


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Life can change in an instant can't it? Too bad we sometimes don't realize how much until it has already happened! Good Job Sharyn! Up and awesome!


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Appreciate every instant indeed, bravo.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Good Morning Kathy,

Yep, it sure can. Thank you for your votes and comment. I hope all is well with you. Hope you have a great day!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Qudsia,

I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Thank you! Have a beautiful day!

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

This was a whirlwind of a message. First bad news, then good, then bad. It is a great message and a great story. It is funny how at times when you really do need something, the positive will shine through. Whether it is money, friends or what not.

Recently, we had a life changing experience as well. Most people who somewhat know me, know the issues that we had with our previous house. Well, because of that, we ended up moving to California and staying with our inlaws. It has ruined our credit and my husband was having difficulty finding a job to support his family. That leaves us with staying with the inlaws. Not a happy circumstance at all. However, we found a house that was aboslutely perfect for us. I hesitated, because knowing our credit, thought there was no way these people would rent to us and hold the house until we had enough money to not only pay rent and deposit, but furnish it as well. These people, well, they made a life-changing decision that day. They gave us the house.

Great hub... just made me think of this!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey BBG,

Glad you stopped by. I can totally relate to life changing experiences when it relates to a house and credit, etc. I've owned three houses in my life and yet, today, I do not own any. Life took a really big, scary turn for me. I'm still waiting to understand the reason I am where I am today? :)

It sounds like you made it through the rough times. The homeowners will probably never know how much of a life change they gave to you. Certainly sounds like one of those "things happen for a reason" situations. I'm so glad it turned out that way for you!

Sharyn


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

Geez, after I wrote this long response, HubPages made me sign in and in the process lost the message - drats!

Guess that means I wasn't meant to share all that info - so to boil it down in a nutshell: I have wondered the same thing too lately (I've been on medical leave since the end of May - yep, everything you can imagine from finances to struggling with getting physically well again are the major players in this episode).

It's the journey and the people and situations we encounter as a result of that life-changing event, it all happens for a reason. As I've said before, if it had not been for my circumstances, I would have never had the time to find HubPages and start writing Teddy's articles.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there is something else I am suppose to be doing, but it will happen when it is suppose to, just as you will find out your purpose during your journey.

Take care -

Hazel


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Hazel,

Thank you for such a sweet comment. As a dog/animal lover, I need to take the time to check out more of your articles. I forget if I asked you where in Ohio you are? Hope you have a great evening!

Sharyn


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

Evening Sharyn -

Any time, and it helps me reaffirm during those bumps along the journey.

I know what you mean about reading others Hubs. After writing Teddy's articles, and sometimes not finishing until 12:30am, reading other Hubs doesn't happen right away.

We live in Hilliard, west side of Columbus.

Loving this cooler weather! Enjoy!

Hazel & Teddy


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Ha ha - funny... as I was writing my rambling of a comment, I think I just got inspiration for my next hub. I think I am going to start working on it tonight so I can get it published in the next few days


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Hazel,

You are a couple hours away from me. I used to travel to Columbus several times a month for work. I know exactly where Hilliard is. I'm loving the cooler weather too. Today the forecast is a high of 84. Ugh, I like the low 70's but it has been great sleeping weather. Have a great day!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

BBG,

Yay, inspiration for your next hub IS GREAT. Look forward to reading your work as always.

Sharyn


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

The only thing constant in the universe is change itself.

Good hub


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Neil,

You are absolutely right! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sharyn


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

Yes, my life has changed many times in an instant and I've basically learned that resiliency is the best trait a human can have. Great story! I'm with you- $10,000 would change my life too.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi izettl,

Resiliency is extremely important - I agree. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Hope you have a great night.

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Sharyn, What a great story and win . It is always nice to see someone have their life changed in an instant for the better. I will be back to read part two.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Susan,

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, that win was awesome at the time! Have a great day.

Sharyn


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This was a great hub and I like the fact that you used both positive and negative events as examples for how our lives can change in an instant and later be transformed by these changes.

I also thought it was nice that you dedicated this hub to a fellow hubber who was in the midst of a painful change.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello HBN,

Thank you so much for stopping by and for such an awesome comment. I'm glad to be following you, have seen you around a lot and look forward to reading more of your work. Thanks again, hope you enjoy your weekend.

Sharyn


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molometer 5 years ago

The cancer wasn't impressed. says it all really. We think we are in charge but it is an illusion.

Great and thoughtful hub. Really made me think about the nature of change in life. We all have our battles and our moments.

Well done.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Thank you Molometer for stopping by and your great comments. Have a great day!

Sharyn


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Wow, Sharyn, this was fantastic! I completely agree that a life can change in an instant. That's why you never know how things will turn out -- the story ain't over 'til it's over! When I received a "smile" from my husband on an online dating show, I felt within a couple of days that this was the man I was going to marry. When he sent me that smile, that instant, my life changed forever. So true! I love your work!


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

This was a wonderfully glorious wow changing moment. A moment to celebrate and I am sure you did just that. But you also gave us food for thought that we cannot get so comfortable that we are not aware that those not so wonderful moment will arrive. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi PP,

That is so cool. I remember reading about the "smile." That certainly is a wonderful instant change. Thank you so much for your awesome comments. Take care,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Dee,

It's so wonderful to meet you and thank you for following. You are right. Some instant changes are worth celebrating. But we can't get too comfortable because sometimes, they are not so wonderful, and not in our control. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I am new to the HUB.. and this is such a great Hub. You are so right.. life can change in an instant. thank you for sharing your story. I would love to read Kelley's story..We just never know what can happen or when.. You are so right.MERRY CHRISTMAS


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Deborah,

It is so great to meet you. Welcome to HP. Thank you for your comments and fan mail. Happy Holidays to you too!

Sharyn


Jrandol62 4 years ago

Happy for you SS....Yes, life can change in an instant for us. Life is precious, and many take it for granted these days. I've faced many life changes in my 49 years, and by the grace of God above lived through them all....HE is the only reason I'm still here, enjoying the life I have with my sweetheart here in PA. I've been hubbing for a while, just was made the #150th member by Sunshine, our fearless pimper....LOL Hope you win again someday!! Bless you and yours...Jeff


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

What a wonderful story! I'm very happy you were chosen.

Life can change in an instant. :)

voted up


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Jeff,

Thanks so much for stopping by and welcome to HubHoppers too:) I hope I win someday again too! May all of your future life changes be pleasant . . .

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey MissOlive,

Great to see you here! Thanks so much for stopping by - I really appreciate the visit. Happy Birthday to you, enjoy your weekend!

Sharyn


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anjperez 4 years ago

this reminded me of what happened to me two years ago. my life drastically changed. it was not by my choice. it was because of a tragic incident. but despite that, i took on life positively. now, i am far better that i was after that incident. those were the first few hubs i have actually written here.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Good Morning anjperez,

Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment. I do believe that whether the change is initially positive or negative, if we accept and move on in a positive way, life can get even better. I will have to check out your early hubs. Have a great day!

Sharyn


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

An inspiring story and well told Sharyn. It was great to hear about your winning numbers and that it came to you at the perfect time. Wonderful story and the dedication is intriguing enough to take me to Kelly's article. Looking forward to reading part 2 from you. Peg


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Peg,

I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Part 2 is quite different than this one. I hope you enjoyed Kelly's article as well. Thank you,

Sharyn


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

greta hub, sharyn. you did a great job shwing moments of elation and moments of terror that change our lives. when my uncle was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, it changed my life forever, but not as much as when he passed.

ten thousand dollars would be huge for me. it would get me almost totally out of debt!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Justin,

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Death is a life changer for sure. Please read Part 2 and you will see what I mean. And yes, I wish I could come into another $10,000 right now, could really use it:) Have a great weekend!

Sharyn


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I'll check it out Sharyn!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Justin ~ it will be here :) Thanks!


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albertsj 4 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

Hey Sharyn,

I know this is old, but I just read it, and it is most definitely powerful It's funny, when life changes for us in a big way, there can usually be both good and bad, in it. Very good hub!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Jacy ~ thank you so much for your feedback. I again have had some pretty big "life changes" recently, most of which are not positive. But I am trying to see the positive cuz I just know it's in there somewhere :) Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

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