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We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by bk071, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. bk071

    bk071 Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP

    Nov 24, 2010
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    I came across this the other day and thought I would share this with you guys... its a long text but well worth your time.

    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 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 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 .


    We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
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  2. Kimi


    Jan 21, 2008
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    That's a nice one, bk071! Nice share
  3. BrianKade001

    BrianKade001 BANNED BANNED

    Aug 25, 2011
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    Really great share. I am sure the core message of this thread will invigorate positive thoughts in those who read it.

    We all have a choice whether to live a mediocre life and die or work harder and do great things. Greatness is not about performing mountainous things. It's doing simple things regularly. For instance, respecting your parents, valuing your clients, respecting those who are less educated than you or living your with a purpose. These are simple things, but many people tend to avoid them.

    People spend their days in pure nothingness, but when time is passed, then they realize their mistake. Many people join IM for making money, but even after 2 years they don't earn a nickle. On being asked, why did they not earn, they curse their bad luck. I don't believe in luck. I believe that we are creators of our destiny. Our days define our future. Let me give an instance. I have a friend who always wanted to do great things and become rich. He's 25 years now and a jobless jack. He doesn't work hard. Wastes time on trivial things and has already trademarked himself as a failure. Now, he lives life as if he's 50 year old fella who has nothing to do. What can he do at this juncture?
    I am coming back to the point where I started. Small things matter. He can simply start from scratch. Change his state of mind and believe that he is meant to do great things. Once he changes his state of mind, his life will change. It's applicable to each one of us.

    The protagonist of your story, Rose, "believed" that age has no role to play if one has will power. We should etch in our heart this belief so that we never ever forget it. Thanks Bk07. Million dollar life lesson.