Rose, Be All That You Can Be

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> The first day of school our professor introduced him
> self 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 round 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,
> and 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
> banquet.
>
> 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
> just 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 four secrets to staying young, being happy, and
> achieving
> success. You have to laugh and find humor everyday. 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!
>
> 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 take any talent or ability. The
> idea is
> to
> grow up by always finding opportunity in change. 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




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Great advice Jim!

August 14, 2009 12:49 PM
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You bet TOula!

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Judy, I know what you mean....when we have our little pity party one day, roll this one out :-)

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Kristin - as George Eliot wrote "It's never too late to be who you might have been."

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Mike, great quote!

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