Ol’ Fred was in the hospital, near death. The family called his closest friend to stand with them.
The friend lovingly handed him a pen and a piece of paper, and Ol’ Fred used his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then
The friend thought it best not to look at the note at that time, so he placed it in his jacket pocket.
At the funeral, as Ol’ Fred’s friend was finishing the eulogy, he realized that
he was wearing the same jacket that he was wearing when Ol’ Fred
died. He said, “You know, Ol’ Fred handed me a note just before
he died. I haven’t looked at it, but knowing Fred, I’m sure
there’s a word of inspiration there for us all.”
He opened the note, and read, “Please step to your left — you’re
standing on my oxygen tube!”