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InNanasCloset.com was in existence after a realization of 30+ years in one home how much Nana has accumulated. This page originally featured Nana's favorites and was a highway to an EBay store that Nana sold. After a bit she specialized in children's clothing, name brands and assorted sizes many items were sold and continued into a business on EBay. I have since closed my store on EBay.
As my senior years approach me and the sifting through years of memories and stuff in a home where we have lived for 30+ years. I take this moment to share some words of wisdom for those who stumble upon this site.
Lessons I have learned over the years.
My - words of wisdom
1. Time is very precious - invest it with those you love.The stories your children tell as adults are amazing and bring even greater joy.
2. Today's "good buy" is tomorrow's junk. - Our land fills and resources make that statement loud and clear.
As you throw out and sell the treasures of today ... it is just stuff your children do not want and have long outgrown.
3. Experiences of life is all you will take with you.
Take many vacations. Camping, road trips, hiking as examples. The simpler the better the experiences are rich.
4. Treasure your children - you only rent them for a short time and they create their own.
Grandchildren are a great joy. Some days I wish I could have started there.
5. Visit your mom and dad frequently and have long conversations - the history they share is invaluable.
I miss my mom and dad - they were awesome people with great knowledge.
6. Save your money. It is amazing how fast it accumulates with only a small bit a week.
It makes your retirement more enjoyable.
7. Diversify your knowledge and experience - you will never be unemployed.
Keep in touch with all whom you work with and make new business associates - they will lead you to your next job or referral need. Referrals in all you do are key, a company, a dentist, a mortgage banker, college and questions you may have.
8. Remember everyone is unique and has a purpose. Patience and tolerance is key.
You do not need the stress it only ages you.
9. Help as many people along your journey as you can ...your life will be enriched beyond your belief.
Helping others get what they want only gets you what you want.
10. Take some time out of each day to reflect on the beauty of your family, the world, your friends and your gifts.
The peace and silence strengthens and centers you.
Live long, live joyously and look for the beauty and humor in each day.
A friend sent me this. I found it so inspiring I had to 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 round 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 .
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.