Monday, August 23, 2010

I Need A Hero

As a teenager I found my first hero in Bo Brady (Peter Reckel) from Days of Our Lives. Not only was he gorgeous with his hairy chest and full beard. He had a body to match. I loved that he was a bad boy with a little good in him. He would kick butt then kiss you senseless. He was romantic and believed in making a living. When he road his motorcycle you wanted to be behind him squeezing tight. For years I compared guys I dated to Bo. Most didn’t live up to this hero, but that was OK because I had hope that I would find my own hero.

As a writer I find myself picturing the heroes I create. Are they similar to Bo? Sometimes, but most times not. I think I’ve out grown Bo, but I still like his qualities in an hero.

What do you like in a hero?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

10000 Steps

A few years ago my office participated in the 10,000 steps program. You have to walk 10,000 steps a day. 10,000 steps are close to 5 miles. I usually ended up with 7000 – 8000 steps per day.

I decided to try this again for the rest of the year. My blood pressure has been off the charts lately, so I’m watching what I eat and trying to get my exercise in by doing this 10,000 steps program.

I found I like to walk more than I like exercising. I also found that I will talk myself out of exercising but you’re walking constantly so, if I get in 2000 steps, that means I’m moving around more.

How are you staying in shape this year?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

My name is Rose

A friend sent this to me and I thought I would share.

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 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.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. 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.