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Nice story to share from gg....(Strong)
August 21, 2006
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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, and have a couple of kids..."

"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be tak ing 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 every day. 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.

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.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. 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 will bring you through it.

August 21, 2006
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Awesome story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

August 21, 2006
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ggfred4,

Beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you.

August 21, 2006
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This is wonderful. Thank you for posting it!

- Strong

August 21, 2006
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Strong, I immediately thought of sharing it with you. I think it gives women our age hope and drive for the future.

August 21, 2006
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ok, i'm crying. thank you! so true

August 25, 2006
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Let me share this with you. I was feeling very "down" and depressed about my age (56), etc. Major pity-party scenario. So, a friend of mine from church persuaded me to join her and a "friend" for breakfast this week. Somewhat reluctantly, I went. Her friend turned out to be a 91-year-old woman who has known me for nearly 18 years. A real SWEETHEART. She is almost totally deaf now, so I wrote out a brief "history" of what was troubling my heart: being dumped by my ex-fiance two months ago, feeling old and without hope, etc.

Well, right there in the middle of that diner, that little gal grabbed my hands and yelled, (cause she's nearly deaf, remember), "Look at you! You are more beautiful now than you were 10 years ago! Time for you to get off your butt and get involved in others! Find a place to volunteer! Get out of the house! Help somebody! Your whole life ahead of you!"

Everybody in the little restaurant turned and looked at me, smiling. And I couldn't stop grinning. She was absolutely right. I DO look better than I did 10 year ago, (I've lost 35 lbs., eliminated the eyeglasses, changed my hair, etc.) and I DO need to get off my butt and thank God for my blessings and find someone worse off than myself to encourage and bless.

Aren't these little old gals a Godsend?!

- Strong

August 25, 2006
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Strong, I am glad you read the story and am so glad that God led you to this woman. Remember your nickname, I believe it.

August 26, 2006
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Fred,

That was AWESOME parable. Thank U so much for posting this. Yes, I heard about these things and it was great reminder. Those old wise people are real ambassador's of HP.

I will keep it in my archives.

Blessings, Ras~

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