Rose, Be All That You Can Be

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A family member forwarded me this email....sweet....pass it on!



> 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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Rainmaker
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Exactly !!!

Aug 14, 2009 09:06 AM #3
Rainmaker
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I agree Chanda..thanks for the comment!

Aug 14, 2009 09:06 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Tony Toto
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Kristin, I have read this before.  It is a great story!

Aug 14, 2009 09:12 AM #5
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Beautiful story Kristin.

Whether it's fictional or not, the message is loud and clear.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Aug 14, 2009 09:13 AM #6
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Kristin,

This is a great story and oh so true.  We need to keep active both physically and mentally to stay young even as we age in years.  As they say, "Your as young as you feel!"

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Brigita

Aug 14, 2009 09:28 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

Thanks Tony!!

Aug 14, 2009 09:38 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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You are most welcome Craig!  THanks for the read!

Aug 14, 2009 09:38 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Brigita, I agree...I don't feel...ahem...36!

Aug 14, 2009 09:38 AM #10
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Kristin

Moving and motivating. It really is never too late.

Aug 14, 2009 09:59 AM #11
Rainmaker
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I agree TOm!!

Aug 14, 2009 10:18 AM #12
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Betina Foreman
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Dear Kristin,

This is a lovely story and I have seen it often. I always read it to the end each time because the message is a good one. We should all strive to follow Rose's footsteps. Don't give up and keep hope and love in your heart! Thanks for the inspiration today!!

;)

 

Aug 14, 2009 10:59 AM #13
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Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
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Hey, Kristin. Awesome story, just goes to show that you have to live life to it's fullest. Thanks, Jim 

Aug 14, 2009 11:21 AM #15
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
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ToulaRosebrock,comHi Kristin:

That's a beautiful story!

Thanks for sharing...

Aug 14, 2009 11:32 AM #16
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Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA

Hi Kristin,

I love this story! How wonderful that she is remembered for passing on such a wonderful message to so many. I am going to hold on to this one for those days when I need a kick in the pants!

Thanks for Posting it!

Judy

Aug 14, 2009 11:39 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

I agree Betina!

Aug 14, 2009 12:49 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

Great advice Jim!

Aug 14, 2009 12:49 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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You bet TOula!

Aug 14, 2009 12:49 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Judy, I know what you mean....when we have our little pity party one day, roll this one out :-)

Aug 14, 2009 12:50 PM #21
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

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

Aug 15, 2009 07:28 AM #22
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Mike, great quote!

Aug 15, 2009 08:51 AM #23
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