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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2003

    Food For Thought!

    This is a repeater, but worth sharing again.
    >This is a true story and quite relevant to all of us.
    >The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us
    >to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around
    >when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled,
    >little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.
    >She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I
    >give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you
    >may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a
    >young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a
    >rich husband, get married, have a couple of kids..."
    >"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be
    >taking on this challenge at her age. "I always dreamed of having a college
    >education and now I'm getting one!" she told me. After class we walked to
    >the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake. We became
    >instant friends.
    >Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk
    >nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine" as she
    >shared her wisdom and experience with me.
    >Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made
    >friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the
    >attention bestowed upon her from the other
    >students. She was living it up.
    >At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football
    >I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to
    >the podium. As she began to deliver her
    >prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.
    >Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and
    >simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this
    >whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me
    >tell you what I know."
    >As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing
    >because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only
    >secrets to staying young, being happy, and
    >achieving success.
    >1. You have to laugh and find humor every day.
    >2. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have
    >so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!
    >3. There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you
    >are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one
    >productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.
    >If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do
    >anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't
    >any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up
    >by always finding the opportunity in change.
    >4. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did,
    >but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are
    >those with regrets."
    >She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose." She challenged
    >each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.
    >At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those
    >years ago.
    >One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two
    >thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful
    >woman who taught by example that it's never
    >too late to be all you can possibly be.
    >When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to
    >your friends and family, they'll really enjoy it! These words have been
    >passed along in loving memory of ROSE.
    >We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give. God
    >promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it He
    >bring you through it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    that was a really nice letter.


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