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  • Well hello, and welcome to "Wednesdays with Bob",

  • number seven.

  • Remember, this isn't a real English lesson,

  • but if you do need English subtitles to help you understand,

  • you can turn them on, they are available.

  • I wanted to talk today about something

  • a little more serious,

  • a little more serious in the sense that I'm going

  • to talk about me and then I'm going to talk about the world,

  • not that I have any ideas on how to fix things,

  • but I want to talk about me because three years ago,

  • right around this time, I had a blood infection.

  • I had a blood infection,

  • I think because I went to the dentist or some other reason,

  • and that blood infection got onto a valve in my heart

  • and I ended up in the hospital for about four days,

  • on really strong antibiotics.

  • But the infection damaged the heart valve

  • and the doctors thought it was okay,

  • everything looked like I would be okay,

  • but then a year later, so two years ago,

  • that valve stopped working correctly.

  • And as many of you know, I went to the hospital,

  • I ended up having heart surgery,

  • I had a minimally invasive procedure

  • where they went in from the side,

  • it still hurts here by the way,

  • and they repaired a valve on my heart,

  • so that was two years ago.

  • And then for the full year and a half or so

  • after the surgery, I haven't shared this with everyone,

  • but I didn't quite feel right,

  • my heart still felt a little weird.

  • But, as of today I'm healthy,

  • everything is working as well as it can be,

  • I'm certainly not 20 years old anymore,

  • and so I'm just really happy to be healthy.

  • So, because I had a blood infection,

  • I thought about life a lot because I

  • also needed heart surgery in my late 40s,

  • which is really, really young.

  • I thought about life a lot,

  • and mostly what I thought about is how important it is

  • to be kind to people and how unimportant things are,

  • and how important it is to just smile

  • and try to help someone in their day.

  • And I'm not perfect, I have days where I'm annoyed

  • and I have days where I'm frustrated,

  • and I would never claim that I am perfect person,

  • but the advice I would give after having been

  • through two health problems that really made me

  • think about life, and worry about life,

  • because I'm married and I have five kids,

  • and in my late 40s I didn't want to have heart problems.

  • So, here's what I think.

  • I think when I look at the news

  • and what's happening in the world,

  • and protests and riots, I just think people,

  • I hope people can be kind to each other.

  • My goal with this channel is to simply teach English

  • to anyone in the world that wants to learn English,

  • that is the contribution that I can give.

  • I can't think of anything else that I could do

  • to help make the world a better place.

  • So, my little goal is life is to try to be kind

  • as much as possible, to keep making English lessons

  • for people so that I can do something positive in the world.

  • I think when I was younger,

  • I wasn't always the most positive person,

  • and maybe that comes with age,

  • but certainly it comes from having experienced

  • a few little health problems.

  • And so, here's my encouragement to you, be kind to people,

  • if you do something wrong, apologize to people,

  • learn how to say that you're sorry

  • and make sure that you mean it.

  • Think about your day not in terms of what you can do

  • for yourself or what you can get for yourself,

  • but think about your day in terms of

  • how can I just be kind and nice to other people,

  • what can I do for one or two people today

  • in my family or my friends, or a complete stranger,

  • what can I do to make their life just a little bit better?

  • So that's my message for today,

  • it's one minute longer than it was supposed to be,

  • but thanks for watching and I'll see next Wednesday.

Well hello, and welcome to "Wednesdays with Bob",

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Wednesdays with Bob #7 - Be Kind - June 3 2020

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