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DREAMS

In Advice about Life, INSPIRATIONAL STORIES, MOTIVATIONAL TIPS, Random on July 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiring and Motivating Story

About Dreams


A wonderful motivational story for any age…..  

 

 

 

The first day of school our professor introduced himself an d 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 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 children, and then retire and travel.”

 

“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 share 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 the 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 years 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.

 

Lessons: 

 

  1. You are never too old to learn.
  2. Laugh and find humor everyday .
  3. Don’t let change overwhelm you, let change help you find opportunities you may have never seen!

Advice

Do you have a dream, a wish, then turn it into a goal today – break it down, take one step, then another and accomplish your dream.  — Catherine Pulsifer

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God’s Coffee

In INSPIRATIONAL STORIES, PHOTOS on May 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some
expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

“If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. 

Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us.

God brews the coffee, not the cups………. Enjoy your coffee!

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.” 

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Author unknown

God’s Message to Man and Woman

In INSPIRATIONAL STORIES, PHOTOS on April 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

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Author Unknown

When I created the heavens and the earth,
I spoke them into being.
When I created man,
I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils.
But you woman,
I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man
because your nostrils are too delicate.
I allowed a deep sleep to come over him
so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.

Man was put to sleep
so that he could not interfere with the creativity.
From one bone I fashioned you.
I chose the bone that protects his heart
and his lungs and supports him,
as you are meant to do.
Around this one bone I shaped you.
I modeled you.
I created you perfectly and beautifully.

Your characteristics are as the rib,
strong yet delicate and fragile.
You provide protection for
the most delicate organ in man, his heart.
His heart is the center of his being;
his lungs hold the breath of life.
The rib cage will allow itself to be broken
before it will allow damage to the heart.

Support the man as the rib cage supports the body.
You were not taken from his feet, to be under him,
nor were you taken from his head, to be above him.
You were taken from his side,
to stand beside him and be
held close to his side.

You are My perfect angel.
You are My beautiful little girl.
You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence,
and My eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart.
Your eyes – don’t change them.
Your lips – how lovely when they part in prayer.
Your nose, so perfect in form,
your hands so gentle in touch.
I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep;
I’ve held your heart close to mine.

Of all that lives and breathes,
you are the most like Me.
Adam walked with Me in the cool of the day
and yet he was lonely.
He could not see Me or touch Me.
He could only feel Me.

So everything I wanted Adam to share
and experience with Me,
I fashioned in you:
My holiness, My strength, My purity,
My love, My protection and support.
You are special because you are the extension of Me.

Man represents My image, woman My emotions.
Together you represent the totality of God.
So man – treat woman well.
Love her, respect her, for she is fragile.
In hurting her, you hurt Me.
What you do to her, you do to Me.
In crushing her, you only damage your own heart,
the heart of your Father, and the heart of her Father.

Woman, support man.
In humility, show him the power of emotion
I have given you.
In gentle quietness show your strength.
In love, show him that you are the rib
that protects his inner self.

The Mountain Story

In INSPIRATIONAL STORIES, Reflection on April 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

Author Unknown

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A son and his father were walking on the mountains.

Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”

To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, some

where in the mountain:
“AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
Curious, he yells: “Who are you?”
He receives the answer: “Who are you?”
Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!”
He receives the answer: “Coward!”

He looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?”

The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.”
And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!”
The voice answers: “I admire you!”
Again the man screams: “You are a champion!”
The voice answers: “You are a champion!”
The boy is surprised, but does not understand.
Then the father explains: “People call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.
It gives you back everything you say or do.
Our life is simply a reflection of our actions.
If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart.
If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence.
This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life;
Life will give you back everything you have given to it.”
YOUR LIFE IS NOT A COINCIDENCE. IT’S A REFLECTION OF YOU!