Your Soul Food Friday for Sept 19th 2014: Rose!

Happy Soul Food Friday!


This week:

  • The Story of and Song about Rose
  • “Best and Most Memorable Lines Ever.”
  • If you are Local
    • 12 Non-Profits Compete to Accelerate Change
  • Why God Gave Us Puppies!

Hi Handsome. My name is Rose…

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


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  months 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.


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.

‘Good friends are like stars…..  ….You don’t always see them, but you know they  are always  there.’

Speaking of the Rose…

“Best and Most Memorable Lines Ever.”

As the box office has been flat, this set of 100 quick movie clips in 10 minutes is pretty cool. Some of the “Best and Most Memorable Lines Ever.”

Once you start, you can’t stop watching.

If you are Local: 12 Non Profits Compete to Accelerate Change

Click here

On October 8th, from 5p – 8:30p is the Advance San Diego non-profit competition.  12 non-profits will

Compete for $87,500 in cash awards.   Tickets are available at:

Non-Profit Finalists competing are:

*Military and their Families*

Armed Services YMCA- Camp Pendleton
Biocom Institute
The Rosie Network
Support the Enlisted Project

DeepBlue Worlds, Inc.
Expanding Your Horizons
The Kid’s College
Ocean Discovery Institute

*Youth and the Arts *

The AjA Project
Dancing After School
Mainly Mozart
Musicians for Education
Outside the Lens

Why God gave us puppies!

puppy heartwarming

Choose to have a happy day.

A man may smile and bid you hail
Yet wish you to the devil;
But when a good dog wags his tail,
You know he’s on the level.

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Marty G and all the fine folk at San Diego Social Venture Partners, and Heidi E who steadfastly helps me get Soul Food Friday out to you each week. Heidi said she loves puppies so here ya go 🙂

Pay it forward!



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