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A Friday “Living Life Happy”



Today, I am posting a story from Even that website makes me smile! A story from a student…

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 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 .

And for pic o’ day, more in the genre of dogs… because


It is a Wonderful Life!

One of my favorite holiday movies is It’s a Wonderful Life.   George Bailey goes from wishing he had never been born, to understanding that his positive influence on so many lives would have been terrible, without him. Of course, Clarence the Angel finally gets his wings.

The movie seems like such a perfect story with the perfect ending. In fact, the movie was not initially a blockbuster hit and in fact was initially considered a disappointment. Wikipedia tells us that the movie even caught the eye of the FBI:

On May 26, 1947, the FBI issued a memo stating “With regard to the picture “It’s a Wonderful Life”, [redacted] stated in substance that the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a ‘scrooge-type’ so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists. [In] addition, [redacted] stated that, in his opinion, this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.

Hard to believe, when we now look back on it. Of course, the fact that the movie is looked upon with such good feelings is a bit like the book that George found inscribed at the end of the movie. It read, “Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends. P.S. Thanks for the wings! Love, Clarence.”  It is a wonderful life when you have friends!


And for our pic o’ day:

A cat

Don’t Forget Your Teeth

     One business traveler forgot more than $20,000 worth of jewelry, when she left her Italy Hotel. USA Today reports that over 30,000 items are left behind at the McCarran airport in Las Vegas, when they shed them for security screening. That’s 82 items a day of forgetfulness.

     The USA Today article says that people have left possessions that have included diamond engagement rings, an NFL Super Bowl ring and even some professional video equipment.  One Hyatt hotel reported that a bride left behind her wedding ring.  One hotel manager described their lost property department as “a treasure trove”.

     Many hotels say that they respect the guests’ privacy and will not return an item unless the owner asks for it.  Of course, the article says that some of the forgotten items that have been been requested to be returned included hearing aids and false teeth.

      I wonder how you forget the teeth.  Do you remember when you decide to order lunch corn on the cob? Calling the hotel front desk and asking if housekeeping found a set of teeth in room 1224, has to be an embarrassing mouthful. (Promise… no more on this)  

     Robert Bjork, a UCLA psychologist professor, says that habits protect us from forgetting things. Those habits “are disrupted by travel”. Most people develop strategies to lessen the forgotten items. I’m probably like most. I try to do a “one more time”,  just before leaving the hotel room. At the airport, I look closely at the bins and pat the pockets to make sure I’m feeling the wallet, keys and cell phone. Thankfully, the teeth aren’t a worry.

     In everyday life, it is understood that we forget. That even extends to the important stuff. For injury claims, defense attorneys and insurance companies don’t seem to understand such forgetfulness.

     Sometimes, a client will be taken to a hospital after the crash and report leg, back and neck pain. Such reported injuries may even include broken bones. Then, when they claim a  head injury a few days later, the defense attorney attacks them for not “reporting all their injuries at the hospital”.

     I’m guessing that you might think, “yea, why wouldn’t they say that they had a headache?” Well, I’ve asked ER doctors about that. Their training is to treat life threatening injuries; stop the bleeding and fix the breaks. For a headache or someone even hitting their head, there may be no significant discussion unless the person is unconscious at the hospital.

     Many people will hit their head against the seat or even the side window or door. Sometimes, they even notice tenderness when they get home. Being knocked dazed may not even register as a head injury. Then, they later start to notice symptoms of a head injury that may include such things as a headache, nausea, difficulty sleeping, forgetfulness and anxiety. Symptoms that they did not have before the crash.

     Some injuries and symptoms may not be readily known; Or, a person gets distracted at the hospital or could even be a bit shook up when talking to emergency medical people. If it’s believable that a person would leave their ring or teeth behind because of distraction or forgetfulness; then it sure seems to me that someone might not always know or report every injury immediately. It’s just not a defense that concerns me because it deals with true humanity.

     And now…. pic 0′ day. Everyone should dress casual for Friday and Saturday.

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