The Secrets of Staying Young

Photo Credit: Alex via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Alex via CC Flickr

Bad news folks…we are all getting old. Every day that passes by is another day “in the books.” The most important thing that we need to remember is that there is a BIG difference of growing old and growing up. You can decide to be a person who will be forever “young at heart” or someone who just sits around and grow “old.”

The following story that I found on The Life of Hope is a heartwarming tale of a special young lady and her exploits in an environment where most people her age aren’t normally found. I trust that this story will brighten your day, bring a smile to your face, and maybe, bring a change to your life.


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 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.

A Beautiful Show of Love

This is one of the most heart-touching videos that I have sen in a long time. It is a beautiful testament of the love between siblings and how much they will do things for each other in times of sorrow and misfortune.

We should all remember to help the people that we meet that may think are “less fortunate” than we are. Every person in the world can do something for another individual to make the feel good about themselves give them hope of someday making their dreams come true.

So, reach out and do something kind to someone today!

Look! It’s The Queen!!!

Photo Credit: Coach Muller

Photo Credit: Coach Muller

There is nothing more adorable in the world and nothing that can put a smile on your face quicker, then watching a little child becomes the person of their dreams. Such is the case with my little angel, who is one of my nieces when she got a Tinkerbell outfit for her birthday…yes, she also thought she was a queen!

So, are you having a bad day today? Take some time to do something for other people…to make them smile…to make them happy…to make them laugh…it’s contagious because it will make you feel the same!!

The Love and Sacrifice of Mothers!!

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck”. ~ Proverbs 1:8-9
Mothers are awesome. They teach our children how to work hard, study in school, behave themselves, persevere in times of trial, how to deal with other, and on and on and on. There simply isn’t enough time and space to share with you all of the wonderful things that mothers do and how much impact they can have in their family. There is also no way that we can ever thank out mothers enough for the time and effort that they sacrificed for us on a daily basis so that we could become the people that we are today.
Most importantly, a good, caring Christian mother will bring up their children in the ways of the Lord. They will teach them the fundamentals and foundations of God’s love, promises and truths. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
Happy (late) Mother’s Day Everyone!

That SPECIAL Mother and Child Relationship…Beyond Words

This new video shows that special bond that children have with there mothers. The fascinating thing about this video…is how much the child not only knows their mother’s touch but also their smell…all while being blindfolded.

It is truly a very beautiful testament of the love and relationship that children share with their mother. It also demonstrates how much our little ones REALLY know their moms.

Get a box of tissues ready!!

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone!!!!

The Bathtub Test

Photo Credit: Dan Taylor via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Dan Taylor via CC Flickr

Did you ever know that there is actually a test that can be given to you in a bathtub to see how sane you are?

During a recent visit to a mental asylum, I asked the director, “How do you determine whether or not a patient should be institutionalized?”

“Well”, said the director, “We fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a tea cup and a bucket to the patient and ask them to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I see, so a normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or tea cup” I replied.

“No”, said the director, “a normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”


Hope you enjoyed the smile and the laugh. Spread the joy with others today!!

A Guy Walks Into A Bar….

Photo Credit: Bernt Rostad via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Bernt Rostad via CC Flickr

Everyone enjoys a good laugh or chuckle. Well today’s post promises to do just that. I love corny jokes, puns or other silly quips but some are my favorite are “a guy walks into a bar” jokes. So, sit back, enjoy hen share some of these silly bar jokes…and have a good giggle today!

A man walks into a bar and yells, “OUCH!”

A Horse walks into a bar…the bartender asks, “Hey, what’s with the long face?”

A three-legged cat walks into a bar and says, “I want to find the man that shot my paw.”

A skunk walks into a bar and asks, “Hey, where did everybody go?”

A potato walked into a bar and all eyes were on him.

An E-flat walks into a bar…the bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve minors.”

A bear walks into a bar…the bartender asks, “What will you have?” The bear says, “ a whiskey and…soda.” The bartender asks, “What’s with the big pause?” “I don’t know” says the bear, “I have always had them.”

A grasshopper walks into a bar…the bartender says, “We have a drink named after you.” The grasshopper says, “You have a drink named Harold?”

A group of fonts walk into a bar. “Get out of here!” yells the bartender. We don’t serve your type here.

A blind man walks into a bar…and a chair…and a table.

A man walks into a bar with a tarmac under his armpit. The bartender asks, “What would you like?” The man replies, “A pint of beer for me and one for the road.”

A priest, a rabbi, and a vicar walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “Is this some kind of joke?”

A dyslexic man walks into a bra…

An Irishman walks out of a bar…Hey! It could happen!

Two bacteria walk into a bar. The bartender says, “We don’t serve bacteria here.” And the bacteria says, “But we work here. We’re staph.”

Louie Armstrong walks into a bar in Tibet where the high priest is the bartender. Louis says, “Hello, Dahli!”

A man from North Carolina goes into a bar in New England. He asks the bartender, “Did you go to Harvard?” The bartender says, “Yale.” The North Carolinian says, “DID YOU GO TO HARVARD?”

A mushroom walks into a bar and the bartender says “We don’t serve your kind here.” and the mushroom says – “Why not? I’m a fungi.”

A pony walks into a bar and coughs, “Hey, COUGH. Gimme a bu COUGH a beer COUGH. The bartender serves him and says, “What’s with your voice?” The pony says, “Nothing, I’m just a little hoarse.”

A goldfish walks into a bar and looks at the bartender. The bartender asks, “What can I get you?” The goldfish says, “Water.”

A hamburger walks into a bar and the bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t serve food in here.”

A bartender walks into a church, a temple and a mosque. He has no idea how jokes work.

A pirate walks into a bar with a paper towel on his head. The bartender sees this and says, “Get out! We can’t serve you here!”. The pirate replies, “Arr, is it because I’ve got a Bounty on me head?”

A giraffe walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Do you want a long neck?” The giraffe says, “Do I have a choice?”

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I hope you had a good laugh of chuckle.

Laugh

Giggle

and Enjoy the day!